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Error message when you try to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: "This access control list is not in canonical form"

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When you try to install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer that is joined to an Active Directory domain, you receive the following error message in the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard:
Failed to secure the SharePoint resources.

An exception of type System.Invalid.OperationException was thrown. Additional exception information: This access control list is not in canonical form and therefore cannot be modified.
This issue occurs if you use the NewSID tool to change the security identifier (SID) of the computer or virtual machine.
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Remove Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 from the computer.
  2. Join the computer to a workgroup, and then remove the computer account from the domain.
  3. Use the System Preparation tool (Sysprep.exe) to reset the SID of the computer.
  4. Restart the computer, and then rejoin the computer to the domain.
  5. Install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on the computer.
More information
The Windows Server 2003 Sysprep.exe tool enables administrators to prepare Windows Server 2003 system images as part of an automated deployment. The Sysprep.exe tool is located in the file in the Support\Tools folder of the Windows Server 2003 CD. For more information about how to use the Sysprep.exe tool, see the Microsoft Windows Corporate Deployment User's Guide (Deploy.chm). This user's guide is also located in the file. For more information an updated version of the Sysprep.exe tool that is included in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
892778 Updated System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
For more information about the NewSID tool, visit the following Sysinternals Web site:
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Article ID: 916893 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 01:47:56 - Revision: 3.0

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