Microsoft KB Archive/169486

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SnaBase and SNA Server Don't Accept New Client Connections

Article ID: 169486

Article Last Modified on 6/24/2004


  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0
  • Microsoft SNA Server 3.0 Service Pack 4

This article was previously published under Q169486


SnaBase and SNA Server may unexpectedly stop accepting new client connections after changes to the SNA Server configuration are saved using SNA Server Manager. Clients who are already connected through the SnaBase or server continue to function correctly. New clients may fail to get a sponsor connection, and will display one of the following error messages:

Windows NT client:

SNA Server - ERROR # 1003
SnaBase could not open a sponsor connection to server <server>

Windows 95 client:

ERROR: Could not open sponsor connection to <server>

Windows 3.x client:

SNA Server Error: 546 Cannot establish connection with SNA Server

If SNA Server or SnaBase full internal tracing is enabled while this is occurring, no internal trace files are generated.


Under SNA Server 3.0, every time a 3.0 client opens the sponsor connection, the SnaBase makes a local remote procedure call (RPC) to check if the encryption flag is enabled for the user record. If this occurs while another thread of the SnaBase is notified of a configuration file change, an SnaBase deadlock can occur.

When the deadlock occurs, the DMOD critical section is held, preventing new users from connecting to either SnaBase or SNA Server.

NOTE: For information on other potential causes of client connection problems to SNA Server 3.0 servers, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

168546 Access Violation May Occur After Upgrading to 3.0 SP1

167196 SNA Server 3.0 SP1 Update May Break Named Pipe Clients


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SNA Server versions 3.0 and 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This problem was corrected in the latest SNA Server version 3.0 U.S. Service Pack. For information on obtaining this Service Pack, query on the following word in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (without the spaces):



With the fix applied, the asynchronous RPC requests done from the SnaBase DMOD are really asynchronous; without the fix, they are synchronous, which can cause a deadlock in certain situations.

Additional query words: hang crash

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