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Error message on the client computer when you use Profile Maker to map a shared printer: "0x8000fff Catastrophic failure"

Article ID: 931072

Article Last Modified on 2/14/2007


  • Profile Maker Professional 8.0


When you use Desktop Standard Profile Maker to map a shared printer, users receive the following error message on the computer that is running the Profile Maker client:

0x8000fff Catastrophic failure


This issue occurs because the user who is using the Profile Maker client does not have sufficient permissions to install a shared printer on the computer. This issue also occurs when the Profile Maker client is running in a terminal server session. Such terminal server sessions include Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions or Citrix terminal server sessions.


To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:

  • If the Profile Maker client is started on a client computer, make sure that the Profile Maker client is started by using the /a command-line switch.
  • If the Profile Maker client is started in a terminal server session, you must change the policy to let users create a shared printer.


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

931091 Requirements for using the "/a" command-line switch to run the Desktop Standard Profile Maker client

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