Error message when you use a Windows Vista-based computer to try to access files on a Windows Vista-based file server: "<DriveLetter>:\ is not accessible. Insufficient system resources exist to complete the API"
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When you use a Windows Vista-based computer to try to access files on a Windows Vista-based file server, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
DriveLetter:\ is not accessible. Insufficient system resources exist to complete the API.
This problem occurs if you try to access the file by using a long-term Server Message Block (SMB) request, and if more than 64 concurrent long-term SMB requests are sent to the file server. In this situation, all other long-term SMB requests are not answered.
Note Unlike typical SMB requests, a long-term SMB request remains open until it is answered by the server. For example, a long-term request is sent when a client computer uses the FindFirstChangeNotification function to monitor a shared resource for changes.
In Windows Vista, the Server service intentionally limits the maximum number of concurrent asynchronous network requests to 64. A Windows Vista-based client computer also has this limitation. However, the file server processes typical SMB requests immediately.
Note If both of the file server and the client computer are Windows Vista-based computers, the SMB 2.0 protocol is used for file sharing operations.
To resolve this problem, apply the following hotfix to both the file server and the client computer. After you apply the hotfix, you must modify a registry entry on the server to configure the maximum number of concurrent SMB requests. For more information about how to do this, see the "Registry information" section.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
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.
No prerequisites are required.
You have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
To resolve this problem, modify the AsynchronousCredits registry entry on the file server to configure the maximum number of concurrent SMB requests. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
In the details pane, double-click the AsynchronousCredits entry.
Note The value type of this entry is REG_DWORD. The value data of this entry is decimal. If the AsynchronousCredits registry entry does not exist, create it.
In the Value data box, enter the maximum number of concurrent SMB requests.
Note If the value is larger than 64, resource usage on the file server increases. The file server may run out of resources such as paged pool memory. We recommend that you limit number of clients that access the file server before you increase this value.
This article does not make specific recommendations on the value that you set because of the complexity of the network environment.
Exit Registry Editor.
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.
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 Vista Service Pack 1.
SMB 2.0 is a new version of SMB that is designed for the latest networking environments and for the needs of the next generation of file servers. SMB 2.0 is the default protocol for Windows Vista-based file servers and for file servers that run Windows Server 2008.
For more information about SMB 2.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site: