Error Message: The Internal Database Maintained by the DFS Service Is Corrupt

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On a computer that is configured with either a stand-alone or domain-based Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) root, adding or deleting links by using the DFS snap-in in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or by using the Dfscmd.exe command-line tool may generate one of the following error messages.

From the MMC snap-in:
Distributed File System

The internal database maintained by the DFS service is corrupt
From Dfscmd.exe:
System Error 2660 has occurred.

The Internal database maintained by the DFS service is corrupt
Note that these error message occur only if the following conditions exist:
  • There are links hosted on three or more member servers.
  • You are using a domain with multiple domain controllers.
The DFS database incorrectly reports corruption because the index for the metadata has not been correctly updated.

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
More information
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

Article ID: 261122 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 04:34:00 - Revision: 4.0

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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