"Operation Failed for Unspecified Reasons" Error Message When You Start the Telephony Snap-In or Refresh the Display

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SYMPTOMS

If you try to start the Telephony snap-in or it is already running, when you try to refresh the display, you may receive the following error message:
The following error occurred while contacting the server ServerName

The operation failed for unspecified reasons.
For example, you might press F5 to refresh the display.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you specify a large number of users as Telephony administrators or if the users who you specify have long user names. The actual number of users may vary between 4 to 15 users depending on the length of the user names. In this situation, the buffer that contains the Telephony administrator list is not allocated correctly.

RESOLUTION

Service Pack Information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language. The Global version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   -------------------------------------------------------
   03-Feb-2003  16:36  5.0.2195.6666  173,328  Tapisrv.dll

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, remove users from the list of Telephony administrators:
  1. Start Windows Explorer, and then locate the %SystemRoot%\Tsec.ini file. The Tsec.ini file contains the list of users who are Telephony administrators.
  2. Double-click the Tsec.ini file to open it. Each line represents a user who you added as a Telephony administrator.
  3. Delete the lines that represent the users who you want to remove.
  4. On the File menu, click Save.
  5. On the File menu, click Exit, and then quit Windows Explorer
  6. In the Telephony snap-in, press F5.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.

MORE INFORMATION

When you specify a user as a Telephony administrator, the user has administrative credentials to the Telephony service only. Adding a user to the list of Telephony administrators does not make it possible for the user to perform administrative tasks on other resources on the computer. Telephony administrators must be in the same domain as the telephony server or in a fully trusted domain. users who are members of the Administrators group can already perform administrative tasks with the Telephony service.

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Article ID: 814250 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 3.7
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
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