The UNIX Attributes tab does not appear in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in when Server for NIS is installed in the domain

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario. Server for Network Information Services (NIS) is installed in the domain. Server for NIS is included in Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX. You open the properties for users, groups, or computers in the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. In this scenario, the UNIX Attributes tab does not appear.

Cause

This problem occurs when one of the following conditions is true:
  • The computer that is running the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in does not have Server for NIS installed.
  • The computer that is running the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in has Server for NIS installed. However, a problem with the Nisprop.dll library prevents the UNIX Attributes tab from appearing.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • Install Server for NIS on the computer that is running the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
  • Reregister the Nisprop.dll library. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In Windows Task Manager, verify that no instances of Mmc.exe are running.

      Note If you are logged on to a Terminal Server, make sure that you enable the display of processes from all users.
    2. Copy the Nisprop.dll file from the NIS subfolder in your Services for UNIX installation source to the %SFUDIR% folder on the computer on which you want the tab to appear.
    3. Unregister Nisprop.dll. To do this, type
      regsvr32 /u %SFUDIR%\nisprop.dll at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.
    4. Register Nisprop.dll. To do this, type
      regsvr32 %SFUDIR%\nisprop.dll at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.
Note To enable administration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 UNIX attributes in Microsoft Windows XP or in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, follow these steps:
  1. In Windows XP, install the latest version on the Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:In Windows Server 2003, install the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

  2. Install the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. To obtain the .NET Framework 2.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
  3. Install Microsoft Management Console 3.0 To obtain MMC 3.0, visit one of the following Web sites:NoteMMC 3.0 is also available in the Admin folder on the second CD that is included with Windows Server 2003 R2.
  4. Run Idmu.exe. To obtain Idmu.exe, visit the following Microsoft Web site:NoteIdmu.exe is also available on the second CD that is included with Windows Server 2003 R2.
For more information about the Regsvr32 command, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

249873 Explanation of Regsvr32 usage and error messages

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Article ID: 921913 - Last Review: Sep 18, 2012 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 2.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3.5, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition

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