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Server 2003 R2 bogus "not enough storage" errors while adding group as local admin

Posted on 2007-11-16
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We began using Server 2003 Release 2 a couple months ago.  Since then, I believe I have experienced this issue on 4 or 5 servers built.  After building, then adding to the domain, when I try to add a domain group to the Administrators group (while logged in as local Administrator) I receive the following error:

  Windows cannot process the object with the name "<group name>" because of the following error:
  Not enough storage is available to complete this operation.

There is plenty of available disk space.  Generally I reboot the server once or twice and am then able to add the group without error.  But, I'd really like to know what is causing this.  I've only ever seen it in R2.
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by:Pete Long
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Hello Cerixus,
Not enough storage is available to complete this operation
http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2007/09/21/not-enough-storage-is-available-to-complete-this-operation.aspx


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PeteLong
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by:Cerixus
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hmm, that's a good match, but I don't think it's our problem.  A reboot always fixes it (and did this time as well) and I don't believe the SMS client would be on these servers.  And if it was, remote assistance should not be enabled by default.  However, I'm trying to contact someone from our client engineering group to verify.
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by:Cerixus
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I did verify in the GPO Editor that remote assistance is not configured.  So, it looks like that wasn't the issue.
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by:brwwiggins
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I had a similar issue saying the computer could not resolve its own host name due to not enough storage available.

I had to remove from domain, delete computer account and re-join domain. Don't know if that will help you but just thought I would share
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by:Haze0830
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285089

I've run into this error message before. Not an exact match in my situation - but I got the same bogus storage space error. Check out that link and see if that fixes it. It did for me.
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by:dolph88
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Take a look at this KB article, not the same situation but similar and it could be the solution.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935744
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I had forgotten about this post, sorry.

Believe it or not, the problem was that I was a member of too many groups.  One of my coworkers found the KB article, but I can't find it now.  I simply removed myself from a few groups and the results were immediately apparent.
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