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Microsoft KB Archive/925931

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You may be unable to apply more updates at a certain point on a Windows Server 2003-based computer

Article ID: 925931

Article Last Modified on 10/11/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems



SYMPTOMS

On a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer, you may be unable to apply more updates at a certain point. If you check the KBnnnnnn.log update installation log, you may see an error message that resembles the following:

708.797: InstallSingleCatalogFile: MyInstallCatalog failed for KB917734.cat; error=0xfffffbfe.

Note The installation log is available at %windir%.

Typically, this problem occurs on a computer that has many QFEs together with General Distribution Releases (GDRs). QFEs are hotfixes that are only obtainable from Microsoft Product Service and Support (PSS). GDRs are available on a public Microsoft Web site.

Note Error 0xfffffbfe represents the JET_errRecordTooBig column value.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the number of update packages reaches an architectural limitation in the Windows security database.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem on a computer that must install many updates, contact Microsoft PSS.

MORE INFORMATION

This problem is addressed in updates that were packaged in the September 2006 timeframe and after.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Keywords: kberrmsg kbtshoot kbprb kbexpertiseinter KB925931