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You receive an "Error: Access is denied" error message when you try to set the dirty bit on a mount point by using the fsutil utility in Windows Server 2003

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
When you try to set the dirty bit on a mount point by using the fsutil utility fsutil dirty set command in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, you receive the following error message:
Error: Access is denied.
CAUSE
You experience this behavior because the fsutil utility cannot set the dirty bit on a mount point unless you specify the drive letter that is associated with the mount bit.
WORKAROUND
To work around this behavior, temporarily assign a drive letter to the mount point. Then, run the fsutil utility on the drive letter instead of on the mount point path.
MORE INFORMATION
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 will include a new feature that is named Maintenance mode. This mode will let you run a chkdsk command in a clustered environment. This may be sometimes more desirable than setting the dirty bit for the next failover.For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176970 How to run the CHKDSK /F command on a shared cluster disk
FSCTL_MARK_VOLUME_DIRTY fsutil.exe
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Article ID: 892512 - Last Review: 10/26/2006 22:12:59 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
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