Your Active Directory database size increases because of many SerialNo objects

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SYMPTOMS

Your Windows 2000 Server-based DNS servers may create several SerialNo objects. The high number of SerialNo objects may cause the Active Directory database file (.dit) size to grow and may increase Active Directory replication.

Note This symptom occurs if your Windows 2000 Server-based DNS servers are using Active Directory directory service-integrated zones.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if either of the following conditions is true:
  • You have installed Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4).
  • You have applied the following hotfix:
    836004 Reallocating an ACL for DNS zones on a Windows 2000-based server may take a long time and the database might grow

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.

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.

Prerequisites

You must have Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed.

Restart requirement

You must restart the DNS Server service after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix replaces the hotfix that is described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article number 836004.

File information

The 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
   -----------------------------------------------------
   01-Jul-2004  16:23  5.0.2195.6944  327,440  Dns.exe

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

DNS uses SerialNo objects to track the zone version number for secondary DNS servers. In certain situations, unnecessary SerialNo objects may be created. For additional information about how hotfix packages are named, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
For additional information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, 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

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Article ID: 843514 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Keywords: 
kbnosurvey kbarchive kbautohotfix kbbug kbfix kbwin2000presp5fix kbhotfixserver kbqfe KB843514

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