Event ID 8256 — Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service Availability

Updated: November 14, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

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Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service Availability indicates the operational state of the Windows to UNIX password synchronization service and its availability to synchronize user account passwords to the UNIX environment that are changed in the Windows environment.

When Password Synchronization is configured for Windows-to-UNIX synchronization, and a password is changed on a Windows-based computer running Password Synchronization, the Password Synchronization service determines whether the user's password is to be synchronized on UNIX computers. When the Password Synchronization service is operating normally, it encrypts the password and sends it to the Password Synchronization daemon on each computer with which the Windows-based computer is configured to be synchronized. The daemon then decrypts the password and changes the password on the UNIX host.

Generally, the service is available if it has read and modify permissions in the Windows Registry, and if the computer on which Password Synchronization is installed remains an Active Directory® Domain Services domain controller.

Event Details

Product: Windows Identity Management for UNIX
ID: 8256
Source: Microsoft-Windows-IDMU-PSync
Version: 6.0
Symbolic Name: MSG_ERROR_REG_NOTIFY_KEY_CHANGE
Message: Error completing registry key change notification. Error=%1.

Resolve

Restart the Windows-based computer

Very rarely, Password Synchronization reports that an internal application error occurred with the SetNotify function call, and that the Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service cannot operate normally. Restarting the Windows-based computer on which Password Synchronization is installed typically clears the error.

To restart the computer:

  • Click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.

Verify

The Windows to UNIX password synchronization service is functioning normally in the absence of any of the following messages in Event Viewer. If any of the following messages are logged in Event Viewer, the service cannot function normally.

  • IDMU Password Synchronization event 16388
  • IDMU Password Synchronization event 8194
  • IDMU Password Synchronization event 8193

Related Management Information

Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service Availability

Identity Management for UNIX

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