RPC Named Pipe Server Program Encounters Invalid Handle Exceptions

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A program using the remote procedure call (RPC) named pipe server transport encounters an excessive amount of invalid handle exceptions when attempting to close a remote connection. The RPC program does not stop responding (hang) because of the structured exception handling surrounding the RPC call, but may affect performance and the logic of the server program.


This problem occurs because the Windows NT RPC Named Pipe Server transport is inadvertently receiving an RPC fault over the network. This fault is reported as an invalid handle because of a problem with identifying the client session.


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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT version 4.0 Service Pack 5.

More information

This problem may cause the Spooler service (Spoolss.exe) to encounter excessive invalid handle exceptions, which can be observed by running the process under a debugger. The exceptions negatively affect the service.


Article ID: 225094 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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