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SMSINST: Iterative Use Of Get Temporary Filename Can Cause an Access Violation

Article ID: 252831

Article Last Modified on 10/25/2006


  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack 5

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When you are using Systems Management Server (SMS) Installer Script Editor to assign a temporary file name (Get Temporary Filename into variablename), the generated SMS Installer program can cause an "Access violation" error message similar to:

The instruction at xxx referenced memory at yyy. The memory could not be "read".


This behavior can occur if the Get Temporary Filename script action is used within a loop. For example, the following sample script generates the error message:

Set Variable COUNT to 1
While COUNT Not Equal 200 do
   Get Temporary Filename into MYFILE
   Set variable COUNT to %COUNT% (Increment)
End Block

For small loop iterations (less than 130), the problem does not occur.


Do not use the Get Temporary Filename script action in a loop that is likely to iterate beyond 130 times.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Systems Management Server Installer version 2.0.91.

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