Microsoft KB Archive/256211

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Article ID: 256211

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2006


  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition

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When a Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 client attempts to upgrade or reinstall the software distribution client agent when an advertisement is being run, the Smsapm32.exe process may not stop. This is necessary for the upgrade of the client agent to succeed.


This is an intermittent problem that only appears to occur when a mapped network drive or universal naming convention (UNC) path is specified in the system path of the client.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Systems Management Server version 2.0. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

236325 How to Obtain the Latest Systems Management Server 2.0 Service Pack


To work around this behavior, place the network drive or UNC path in the user's path environment variable by using the "PATH =" statement in the user's logon script.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Systems Management Server version 2.0 This problem was first corrected in Systems Management Server version 2.0 Service Pack 2..


It is not a good practice to place a mapped network drive or UNC path in the system path environment variable. This can result in an unanticipated amount of network traffic because many processes rely on the system path to load supporting files instead of loading them with an explicit path.

In addition, if you plan on upgrading the SMS client components, you should postpone any mandatory program advertisements until after the software distribution component is upgraded.

Additional query words: prodsms kbSMS200sp2fix fail fails

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