"SYNC_E_METADATA_INVALID_OPERATION" error when Work Folders stops syncing in Windows Server 2012 R2

This article describes a problem that occurs on a Windows Server 2012 R2-based virtual machine. A hotfix is available to fix this problem. The hotfix has a prerequisite.
Symptoms
Work Folders stops syncing in Windows Server 2012 R2, and you receive the following error message:

SYNC_E_METADATA_INVALID_OPERATION

This problem occurs when the virtual machine generates a new VM-Generation ID. The problem can occur through the migration of the virtual machine to another host or during a checkpoint restore process of the virtual machine.
Resolution
To resolve this problem, we have released a hotfix. Even though this issue is observed only in Windows Server 2012 R2, the hotfix also applies to Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. 

Important If you install a language pack after you install this hotfix, you must reinstall this hotfix. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this hotfix. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that's described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there's a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section doesn't appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to get 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 don't 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 website:

Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you don't see your language, it's because a hotfix isn't available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have April 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you don't have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix doesn't replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 file information and notes

Important Windows 8.1 hotfixes and Windows Server 2012 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that's listed under "Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies to" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.3.960 0.16 xxxWindows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2RTMGDR
    6.3.960 0.17xxxWindows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2RTMGDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes aren't listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Workfolders.exe6.3.9600.17415133,12029-Oct-201401:39x86
Workfolderscontrol.dll6.3.9600.17995690,68824-Jul-201516:41x86
Workfoldersshell.dll6.3.9600.17415169,47229-Oct-201401:19x86
Workfolderssvc.dll6.3.9600.179951,269,24824-Jul-201516:07x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Workfolders.exe6.3.9600.17415136,19229-Oct-201402:19x64
Workfolderscontrol.dll6.3.9600.17995787,45624-Jul-201517:51x64
Workfoldersshell.dll6.3.9600.17415193,53629-Oct-201401:50x64
Workfolderssvc.dll6.3.9600.179951,668,60824-Jul-201516:55x64
Ecsserver.mofNot applicable3,15814-Sep-201304:45Not applicable
Ecsserver_uninstall.mofNot applicable87301-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
Syncserversetting.cdxmlNot applicable2,35401-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
Syncshare.cdxmlNot applicable11,59714-Sep-201304:45Not applicable
Syncshare.psd1Not applicable73230-Jul-201318:47Not applicable
Syncshareres.dll6.2.9200.163842,04822-Aug-201311:44x64
Syncsharesrv.dll6.3.9600.179951,270,27224-Jul-201517:06x64
Syncsharesvc.configNot applicable6,89101-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
Syncsharesvc.dll6.3.9600.17995418,81624-Jul-201517:07x64
Syncsharettlib.dll6.3.9600.1799596,25628-Jul-201505:28x86
Syncsharettsvc.exe6.3.9600.17995147,45624-Jul-201518:32x64
Syncuserstatus.cdxmlNot applicable1,04701-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
Syncserversetting.cdxmlNot applicable2,35401-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
Syncshare.cdxmlNot applicable11,59714-Sep-201304:45Not applicable
Syncshare.psd1Not applicable73230-Jul-201318:47Not applicable
Syncuserstatus.cdxmlNot applicable1,04701-Jul-201316:50Not applicable
For all supported Windows RT 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Workfolders.exe6.3.9600.16441134,14422-Oct-201302:28Not applicable
Workfolderscontrol.dll6.3.9600.17995678,91224-Jul-201516:27Not applicable
Workfoldersshell.dll6.3.9600.17238164,86424-Jul-201408:36Not applicable
Workfolderssvc.dll6.3.9600.179951,245,18424-Jul-201515:55Not applicable

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
File propertyValue
File nameX86_61a5c13617d86eb161b0cb5d5731e6ad_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_f836c51e64a55fe9.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size713
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:43
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-e..riseclientsync-host_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_62ab65009233bdb1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size94,463
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:46
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
File propertyValue
File nameAmd64_84be2d45c8c6307d3adc5e8acf8c2fde_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_2c7184f2ee199001.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size717
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:43
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_bd3a0597946fffdce34feb7dd10a9d5c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_a3cc38539f4467cc.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,080
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:43
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-e..riseclientsync-host_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_beca00844a912ee7.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size94,467
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:50
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-e..seclientsync-server_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_683b569c4fe6c42e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size68,693
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:50
PlatformNot applicable
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-e..seclientsync-server_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_729000ee84478629.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size46,621
Date (UTC)27-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)15:24
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported Windows RT 8.1
File propertyValue
File nameArm_137fb56c90cb0a0ced4fb1b9941c947b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_ba86a4020c816453.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size713
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:43
PlatformNot applicable
File nameArm_microsoft-windows-e..riseclientsync-host_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17997_none_62add7589230dc77.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size94,463
Date (UTC)28-Jul-2015
Time (UTC)05:43
PlatformNot applicable
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
References
See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.
Properties

Article ID: 3083424 - Last Review: 09/09/2015 22:24:00 - Revision: 2.0

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

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