Hotfix rollup 3013383 for the .NET Framework 4.0 on Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1Windows 7 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 More

This article describes hotfix rollup 3013383 that is available for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. For more information about the issues that the hotfix rollup resolves, see the "Issues that this hotfix rollup resolves" section.

Resolution


A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft website:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

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Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have the .NET Framework 4.0 installed.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix if any affected files are being used. We recommend that you close all .NET Framework-based applications before you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix package does not replace a previously released hotfix package.


Issues that this hotfix rollup resolves

Issue 1

Assume that you create a System.Workflow.Activities.StateMachineWorkflowActivity class together with an Activities property that specifies an ActivitiesCollection list. The list contains many activities (for example, 300 or more activities) that include State and non-State activities.

In this situation, transitions to State activities that are near the end of the ActivitiesCollection list take much more time to finish than transitions to State activities that are near the beginning of the list.

This hotfix removes unnecessary ActivitiesCollection list traversals when it searches for the target State activity by name during a state transition. Therefore, less time is required to transition to State activities that are near the end of the ActivitiesCollection list.

Issue 2

Assume that you use WCF as a mid-tier client for a website or web service to communicate with a load-balanced back-end service over HTTP. Additionally, one of the back-end hosts is in a failed state that returns HTTP responses together with a "500" status code.

In this situation, the connection to the failed back-end host persists in the WCF ChannelFactory connection pool because it returns valid HTTP responses and causes a high rate of failed requests. There is no mechanism available to remove a connection to a failed host that could lead to front-end requests failing.

To enable this hotfix, add the following line to appSettings in your configuration file:
  <appSettings>
<add key="wcf:httpTransportBinding:useUniqueConnectionPoolPerFactory" value="true"/>
</appSettings>
After this hotfix is enabled, each instance of ChannelFactory that is created and that uses the HTTP transport will have a separate pool of connections. This lets developers partition their connections into separate pools through instantiating multiple ChannelFactory objects. By doing this, a connection to a failed host can be dropped by closing the ChannelFactory instance that is associated with the connection to the failed host. When a ChannelFactory instance is closed, the connections in the pool do not have to be immediately closed because they are controlled by the pooling behavior of the ServicePointManager class. It is important to set a low default idle time-out if many ChannelFactory objects are being created and closed to prevent a situation in which many idle connections are in a pending closure state.

Issue 3

Assume that you have a WPF application that opens a window in the main window. When you resize the second window, the application crashes and throws a null pointer exception.