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The Ntds.dit directory information tree (DIT) file for the Active Directory directory service may grow too fast. For example, the size of this file may increase by approximately 50 percent in less than 24 hours. Because of this growth in file size, if your domain controller does not have sufficient hard disk space, your domain controller may crash.
This problem occurs because the security descriptor propagator behaves incorrectly when it encounters an error during an operation to add security descriptor core propagation data to a record in the DIT database.
Note The growth described in the "Symptoms" section of this article may also be caused when a valid operation against Active Directory requires more space to be allocated. One example of a valid operation that may cause this growth is an operation that makes many changes to the discretionary access control list (DACL) of an object at a level in Active Directory that affects many child objects. Before you install the hotfix that is described in the "Resolution" section of this article, try to determine whether operations have recently been performed that may cause many changes to occur in Active Directory.
Hotfix informationA 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:
PrerequisitesYou must be running Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) to install this hotfix. For additional information about how to obtain SP4 for Windows 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260910/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Restart requirementYou must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
File informationThe English version of this hotfix 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 ---------------------------------------------------------- 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 124,688 adsldp.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 132,368 adsldpc.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 63,760 adsmsext.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 381,712 advapi32.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6866 69,904 browser.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 136,464 dnsapi.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 96,016 dnsrslvr.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6866 47,376 eventlog.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6867 148,240 kdcsvc.dll 23-Oct-2003 11:11 5.0.2195.6867 205,584 kerberos.dll 20-Sep-2003 13:32 5.0.2195.6824 71,888 ksecdd.sys 28-Oct-2003 19:45 5.0.2195.6869 511,248 lsasrv.dll 28-Oct-2003 19:45 5.0.2195.6869 33,552 lsass.exe 16-Oct-2003 13:33 5.0.2195.6866 114,960 msv1_0.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6866 307,984 netapi32.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6863 361,232 netlogon.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6863 931,600 ntdsa.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 392,464 samsrv.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 113,936 scecli.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 259,856 scesrv.dll 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 48,912 w32time.dll 20-Sep-2003 13:32 5.0.2195.6824 57,104 w32tm.exe 29-Oct-2003 10:20 5.0.2195.6824 126,224 wldap32.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For additional information about how hotfix packages are named, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915For additional information about the terminology that is used in this article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816915/ )New naming schema for Microsoft Windows hotfix packages
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft product updates, tools, and add-ons