The Distributed File System service stops unexpectedly during system startup on a Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based domain controller

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.

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Symptoms
The Distributed File System (DFS) service stops unexpectedly during system startup on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based domain controller. You experience this symptom if you have more than 1000 domain controllers in a trusted domain.

When this problem occurs, the following event may be logged in the System log:

Event Type: Error
Source: Service Control Manager
Type: Error
Event ID: 7034
Description: The Distributed File System service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this x time(s).

Resolution

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. For more information about how to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You must restart the DFS service after you apply the hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

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 item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfssvc.exe5.2.3790.2566164,86409-Nov-200501:44x86
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Dfssvc.exe5.2.3790.2566320,51208-Nov-200511:14x64SP1Not Applicable
Wdfssvc.exe5.2.3790.2566164,86408-Nov-200511:14x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Dfssvc.exe5.2.3790.2566594,43208-Nov-200511:14IA-64SP1Not Applicable
Wdfssvc.exe5.2.3790.2566164,86408-Nov-200511:14x86SP1WOW
Status
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 Server 2003 Service Pack 2.
More information
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 910319 - Last Review: 01/15/2015 08:53:25 - Revision: 5.0

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