You receive an "Error code: 2779" error message when you install Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, create a new content database, or provision a new virtual server

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SYMPTOMS

If you try to install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 by using the default settings after November 24, 2003, you receive the following error message:
Metadata manifest 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\bin\sqmcfg.dll' does not exist or has invalid signature. (Error code: 2779).
If you try to provision a new virtual server or you try to create a new content database when you are running Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 by using Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (WMSDE) after November 24, 2003, you receive the following error message:
Metadata manifest 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\bin\sqmsto.dll' does not exist or has invalid signature. (Error code: 2779).
Note By default, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (WMSDE) is installed when you choose Typical Install during the installation of Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

CAUSE

This problem is caused by code that verifies the signatures of the dynamic-link libraries (DLL) that are installed with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. An error in the verification algorithm does not permit the signatures of the DLLs to be verified. All installations of Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 experience this behavior after November 24, 2003.

RESOLUTION

New Installations

If you are installing Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 for the first time, download and install the rereleased build of Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. The rereleased version includes a software update that resolves the DLL signature verification problem. If you download and install the rereleased version, do not use the procedure that is provided in the "Workaround" section of this article.

Existing Installations

To resolve this problem, apply the update that is described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
829358 Critical update for SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) on Windows Server 2003 is available for download on the Windows Update site
For more information about another issue that is fixed in the Critical Update for SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) on Windows Server 2003 (KB829358) update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
833183 You receive a "Cannot connect to the configuration database" error message when you access your Windows SharePoint Services Web site

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

This problem does not apply to Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 deployments that use Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for data storage. It also does not affect Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 sites that have already been provisioned.

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Article ID: 833019 - Last Review: December 12, 2007 - Revision: 11.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
Keywords: 
kbdatabase kberrmsg kbwebservices kbsetup kbtshoot kbpubtypekc kbprb KB833019

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