On a site server that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2), the handle count and memory usage for the SMS_Executive service (Smsexec.exe) process keeps increasing. After a while, the available memory resources may be exhausted on the site server. When the operating system does not have sufficient memory resources, the operating system may crash, stop responding, or encounter other exceptions on the site server.
This issue usually occurs when the site server performs one or more of the following operations:
Processes the software inventory files.
Processes the hardware inventory files.
The Client Push Installation feature is enabled, and one of the following conditions is true:
The user account that performs the client push installation is not a member of the Administrators group.
The user account that performs the client push installation cannot be used to access the folder where the Smsexec.exe file is located because of a configuration on the site server.
The destination computer of the client push installation crashes or is not available.
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 the problem described in this article. 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 System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 installed.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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