Error message when you run Dfsradmin.exe to set membership properties in Windows Server 2008: "The property MemberSubscriptionReadOnly cannot be used"

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 DatacenterWindows Server 2008 EnterpriseWindows Server 2008 Standard


Consider the following scenario. A Windows Server 2008-based computer is joined to a Windows Server 2003 R2-based domain. You run the DFSRAdmin command-line tool (Dfsradmin.exe) on the Windows Server 2008 member server to set membership properties. In this scenario, Dfsradmin.exe may fail. Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
MemberName (FolderName): The property MemberSubscriptionReadOnly cannot be used. The schema in the DomainName domain does not support the property.
For example, you receive this error message when you run the following command to enable a replication membership:
dfsradmin membership set /rgName:GroupName /rfName:FolderName /memName:MemberName /localPath:LocalPath /isPrimary:true /membershipEnabled:true /force


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 the problem described in this article. 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.

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To apply this hotfix, the server must be running Windows Server 2008. Additionally, the DFS Replication service must be enabled.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

You do not have to make any changes to the registry.

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 item in Control Panel.

File information note

The MANIFEST (.manifest) files and MUM (.mum) files that are installed for each environment are
listed separately. MUM and MANIFEST files and their associated security catalog (.cat) files are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files are signed by using a Microsoft digital signature. The attributes of these files are not listed.
Windows Server 2008, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Windows Server 2008, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform


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

More Information

To download the DFSRAdmin command-line tool guide, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about software update terminology, 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

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Msil_dfsobjectmodel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22366_none_1f32bcf099d21673.manifestNot applicable3,63002-Feb-200906:19Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,41202-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,43002-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,40702-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,42202-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable2,00702-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~ applicable1,43002-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Msil_dfsobjectmodel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22366_none_1f32bcf099d21673.manifestNot applicable3,63202-Feb-200907:09Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,42002-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,43802-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,41502-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,43002-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable2,02102-Feb-200917:34Not applicable
Package_for_kb962969_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~ applicable1,43802-Feb-200917:34Not applicable