Microsoft KB Archive/258020

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Article ID: 258020

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Metadirectory Services 2.1
  • Zoomit VIA 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q258020


When you log on to the Compass client and try to access The Known Universe, you may receive the following error message:

Object Not Found


This error message is displayed if the Known Universe or DSA object is missing from the directory.


The Known Universe and DSA objects are created by default upon initialization of the directory. These objects are necessary for the metadirectory server to run. The directory tree may not be accessible without these objects; a root base must be specified when you starting Compass to browse the directory tree.

To Recover Mandatory Objects

  1. Run the following command to log on and browse. This may allow you to browse and discover the missing object:

    compass2 -r "o=orgname,c=country"

  2. At a command prompt, run the following commands:

    zoomserv\bin\init\oid\updoid.bat (refreshes the schema)

    zoomserv\bin\init\importt -updatedib -updateallattributes (rebuilds the naming structure)

    zoomserv\bin\init\methods\loadmeth.bat (restores the directory methods)

  3. Run ViaCompact.

This should create a refreshed state for default objects in the directory.

Additional query words: metadirectory mms via

Keywords: kbenv kberrmsg kbprb KB258020