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Consider the following scenario. You try to deploy Windows Vista by using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in an Active Domain environment. You have configured the new client naming policy for WDS. To make every client name unique, the automatic naming options apply an increasing number in every new client name. For example, you use %[n]# as the expression for the new client naming policy.
In this scenario, WDS cannot generate more than 255 client names. Therefore, you cannot add more than 255 machine account objects (MAO) into the domain. Users can install Windows Vista on more than 255 client computers. However, only the first 255 computers are automatically joined to the domain. Therefore, you cannot centrally manage the Windows Vista deployment for other computers.
This problem occurs because of a hard-coded limitation in the Wdsclient.dll file.
Service pack informationTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791/ )How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
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. 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=supportNote 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.
PrerequisitesNo prerequisites are required.
Restart requirementYou do not have to 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 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 item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, x86-based versions
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Hotfix installation informationTo apply the hotfix that is mentioned in this article, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
For more information about WDS, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/7d837d88-6d8e-420c-b68f-a5b4baeb52481033.mspx?mfr=trueFor more information about Windows Preinstallation Environment in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905120.aspxFor more information about the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C7D4BC6D-15F3-4284-9123-679830D629F2&displaylang=enFor more 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:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Article ID: 937333 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
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