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During the shutdown process, a Windows Server 2003 SP2-based domain controller incorrectly returns the following error code to all Kerberos requests:
Applications or services may interpret the error code to mean "no such user." Therefore, an application or service may incorrectly deny user authentication requests.
For example, the incorrect error code causes the BizTalk service to crash. The error also forces the service to be restarted every time that the Windows Server 2003-based domain controller is shut down.
A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you apply this hotfix, the Windows Server 2003 SP2-based domain controller returns the following error code if the domain controller receives requests during the shutdown process:
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.
To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
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 SP2, x86-based versions
Windows Server 2003 SP2, Itanium-based versions
Windows Server 2003 SP2, x64-based versions
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about Kerberos event logging, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)