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When you run File Replication service (FRS) for the domain SYSVOL or the Distributed File System (DFS) volumes, the updates to files do not appear on all replicas of the volumes, and no error is logged in the log file.

The status of FRS on the replica sets shows that a sharing violation is preventing the replication process from continuing. Running the net file command from the command prompt shows that the client still has the file opened. When you close the file or disconnect it, replication resumes.


There are two methods to resolve this problem.

Method 1: Install Sonar

Download and install Sonar, and then use it to monitor sharing violations. To download Sonar, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note When Sonar detects a sharing violation, it reports it in the Server column as a non-zero entry.

Method 2: Install the Hotfix

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.

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, submit a request to 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.

After you obtain and install this hotfix, configure your server according to the instructions in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
822300  ( ) FRS Encounters "ERROR_SHARING_VIOLATION" Errors When It Tries to Replicate Data That Is Still in Use
The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) 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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version         Size     File name
   27-Jun-2003  01:17  5.0.2195.6763   747,792  Ntfrs.exe        
   27-Jun-2003  02:06  5.0.2195.6763    56,080  Ntfrsapi.dll     
   27-Jun-2003  02:06  5.0.2195.6763    22,288  Ntfrsprf.dll     
   27-Jun-2003  01:17  5.0.2195.6763    46,352  Ntfrsupg.exe     
   27-Jun-2003  01:17  5.0.2195.6763    40,720  Ntfrsutl.exe      


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265173  ( ) The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
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