SP4 Cluster Shares Must Be Reset to Recognize Added Subdirectories

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Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 contains an updated Cluster Server File Share Resource. The updated resource extends the original capabilities of this resource type to allow multiple shares from a single resource. The enhancement prevents the need to use multiple file share resources to create large numbers of shares. Use of this enhancement dramatically reduces overhead and simplifies manageability of large numbers of shares.

However, the version contained in Service Pack 4 does not observe dynamic updates to the subdirectory structure. When using the new option to create subdirectory shares, the resource does not acknowledge dynamic changes to the subdirectory structure and only responds to these changes the next time the resource is brought online. To add or remove a subdirectory share, all shares managed by the single File Share resource must be taken offline and then brought online.


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Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5.


Article ID: 194831 - Last Review: January 6, 2015 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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