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Metabase Schema Entries for Free Custom Properties Are Overwritten After You Install Windows 2000 SP4

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After you install Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), property IDs are assigned starting from 130000 when you use the schema object Create() method to create new properties. This can lead to problems if you created properties before you installed Windows 2000 SP4. For example, the schema entries of the old custom properties are overwritten.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows 2000 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: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.

The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) 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      --------------------------------------------------------   07-Jul-2003  14:35  5.0.2195.6770  122,128  Iischema.dll     				
Before you install Windows 2000 SP4, note the value of attribute ID 1004 in /schema (you can use MetaEdit to do this). Restore the value after you have successfully applied Windows 2000 SP4.

Alternatively, you can set the value to 140000 after you install Windows 2000 SP4. If you do this, new IDs are assigned starting from this value, and this value is sufficient to prevent the issue.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
For more information about creating properties, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: For additional information about MetaEdit, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232068 HOW TO: Download, Install, and Remove the IIS MetaEdit 2.2 Utility

Article ID: 329900 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 17:40:14 - Revision: 2.4

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