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Article ID: 947137 - Last Review: February 5, 2008 - Revision: 1.3

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SYMPTOMS

On a Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer, you use the DFS Management (Dfsmgmt.msc) snap-in to create a new Distributed File System (DFS) namespace. The namespace contains a period (.) character in the name. When you do this, you receive the following error message:
Characters ""<>*/\[]:|+=;,?@" are not allowed in the namespace name. The namespace name should also have at least one character other than space or period. Please type a valid namespace name.
Additionally, you cannot manage the DFS namespace that already has a period character in the name. For example, you cannot manage an ab.cdef namespace that you previously created in the Dfsgui.msc snap-in. Also, you cannot manage Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) for a DFS namespace that has period character in the name.

CAUSE

DFS allows for period characters in a namespace name. However, the Dfsmgmt.msc snap-in incorrectly considers the period character as an invalid character.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

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.

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Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889100/ ) How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

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 with Service Pack 1, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.30812,949,12030-Jan-200809:28x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.42272,949,12030-Jan-200809:22x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.30812,949,12030-Jan-200804:55x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, Itanium-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.42272,949,12030-Jan-200805:18x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.30812,949,12030-Jan-200805:25x86
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dfsmgmt.dll5.2.3790.42272,949,12030-Jan-200805:33x86

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, use the Distributed File System (Dfsgui.msc) snap-in instead of the DFS Management snap-in. You can use the DFSRAdmin.exe tool to manage DFS-R replication.

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 a related hotfix, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
932982  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932982/ ) You cannot use the DFS Management snap-in to create a DFS folder in Windows Server 2003 R2 if the folder path contains a dot (.) character

REFERENCES

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition
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