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SMS: Pcmdump Detects Expiration Date Incorrectly in Instruction File

Article ID: 249578

Article Last Modified on 10/25/2006


  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 1.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q249578


When you are viewing an instruction (.ins) file, Pcmdump.exe detects a year 2000 expiration date of 01/01/00 incorrectly as 01/01/100. The expiration date when you run the Pcmdump tool against the .ins file is displayed as:

Expiration Date : 01/01/100 16:11:00


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next Systems Management Server service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The typical support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

   Date       Size      File name     Platform
   02/02/00   104 KB    Pcmdump.exe   Intel
   02/02/00   308 KB    Pcmdump.exe   Alpha

NOTE: Due to file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains the above files may also contain additional files.


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


To install this hotfix, replace the hotfixed Pcmdump.exe file in the current Pcmdump.exe folder structure.

This is not a critical problem because it is a problem only with the Resource Kit Pcmdump.exe tool. The date is correctly stored in the instruction file and can be viewed via the job details when you are using the client's Package Command Manager (Pcmwin32) tool. It displays the year 2000 date correctly as 01/01/00.

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