Clients open hundreds of pipes to \Pipe\Spoolss on print servers

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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 835318.
A client may open many named pipes to the \Pipe\Spoolss resource on a print server to which the client has mapped a network printer. This behavior may cause the print server to run out of named pipes, and the print server may log an entry that is similar to the following entry in the system event log:

Event ID: 2009
Source: Srv
Description: The server could not expand a table because the table reached the maximum size.

This behavior may also cause the spooler on the print server to consume a lot of CPU resources. Thread analysis shows that the CPU usage is spread over many threads.

If you run the net files command while the server is experiencing this problem, you see a client with many connections to \Pipe\Spoolss.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to obtain the latest Windows 2000 service pack

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 this specific problem.

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, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain 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 do not 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 Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size    File name   -------------------------------------------------------   28-Jan-2003  08:37  5.0.2195.6659  87,312  Win32spl.dll
Note Install this hotfix on the clients that exhibit the problem. Installing this hotfix on the server does not correct the problem.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.

Article ID: 321364 - Last Review: 12/07/2015 10:40:10 - Revision: 5.6

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

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