"The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted" error message in Windows Server 2003

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Symptoms

When a program calls the AuthzInitializeContextFromSid function on your Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer, you may receive the following error message:
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted
This issue may occur when the AuthzInitializeContextFromSid function passes a non-null-terminated string to the DsGetDcName function.

Resolution

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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.
Windows Server 2003, 32-bit versions
   Date         Time   Version         Size  File name
   ---------------------------------------------------
   05-Feb-2004  22:41  5.2.3790.125  69,120  Authz.dll
Windows Server 2003, 64-bit versions
   Date         Time   Version          Size  File name   Platform
   ---------------------------------------------------------------
   05-Feb-2004  13:42  5.2.3790.125  207,360  Authz.dll   IA-64
   05-Feb-2004  13:41  5.2.3790.125   69,120  Wauthz.dll  x86

Status

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

More information

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 834859 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbbug kbfix kbwinserv2003presp1fix KB834859

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