You cannot access content through a symbolic link on an NFS share in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You create a Network File System (NFS) share in a network environment.

  • The NFS share is accessed by using a Distributed File System (DFS) namespace.

  • You click a symbolic link on the NFS share from a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

In this scenario, you cannot access content through the symbolic link. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

The system cannot find the path specified.

Note When this issue occurs, you can access the content through the symbolic link when the NFS share is accessed by using a direct Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that 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 website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote 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 be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global 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.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes


Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.1.760
    1.
    21xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    LDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Nfs-clientcore-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,001

20-Aug-2011

06:02

Nfsclnt.exe

6.1.7601.21795

52,736

20-Aug-2011

05:45

Nfsnp.dll

6.1.7601.21795

59,904

20-Aug-2011

05:50

Nfsrdr.mof

Not applicable

4,471

10-Jun-2009

21:40

Nfsrdr.sys

6.1.7601.21795

201,728

20-Aug-2011

03:11

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Nfs-clientcore-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,001

20-Aug-2011

05:35

Nfsclnt.exe

6.1.7601.21795

65,536

20-Aug-2011

05:19

Nfsnp.dll

6.1.7601.21795

71,680

20-Aug-2011

05:23

Nfsrdr.mof

Not applicable

4,471

10-Jun-2009

21:02

Nfsrdr.sys

6.1.7601.21795

246,784

20-Aug-2011

02:32

For all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Nfs-clientcore-ppdlic.xrm-ms

Not applicable

3,001

20-Aug-2011

04:28

Nfsclnt.exe

6.1.7601.21795

156,160

20-Aug-2011

04:07

Nfsnp.dll

6.1.7601.21795

159,232

20-Aug-2011

04:11

Nfsrdr.mof

Not applicable

4,471

10-Jun-2009

21:07

Nfsrdr.sys

6.1.7601.21795

587,264

20-Aug-2011

01:56

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about software update terminology, 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

For more information about symbolic links, visit the following Microsoft website:

General information about symbolic linksFor more information about how to create a DFS namespace, visit the following Microsoft website:

General information about how to create a DFS namespace

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

X86_8326f524c5a54d8b9f453c895483d94c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_9243b912d69d39c1.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

702

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

09:26

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-nfs-clientcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_af1e063bba33c4ff.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

28,372

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

06:15

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_1f0c5932e0dee40c406c33f4465fb973_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_17f6114fb4d40dd2.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

706

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

09:26

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-nfs-clientcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_0b3ca1bf72913635.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

28,376

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

07:01

Additional files for all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_85e2141f37c8c073007f27196f6665dc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_a4f59b6d01d0a1b4.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

704

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

09:26

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-nfs-clientcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21795_none_af1faa31ba31cdfb.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

28,374

Date (UTC)

20-Aug-2011

Time (UTC)

06:57

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