Event ID 257 — Namespace registration

Updated: December 3, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

When a namespace is created, the content provider assigns the data (that will be sent by way of a multicast transmission) to the namespace. The transmission cannot start until the content provider has assigned the data.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 257
Source: wdscpmsg
Version: 6.1
Message: The path specified in the configuration string was not a directory.


Specify the correct file path

The Windows Deployment Services content provider requires a configuration string before it can register a namespace. This configuration string is the path to the directory containing the data you want to transfer using a multicast transmission. To resolve this issue, create the namespace again by using the /ConfigString command-line option to specify the correct file path to the directory that contains the content.

To perform this procedure, you must either be a member of the local Administrators group or have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To create a new namespace:

  1. Open the Command Prompt window.
  2. At the command prompt, run WDSUTIL /New-Namespace [/Server:] /FriendlyName:<name> /Namespace:<name> /ContentProvider:<name> [/ConfigString:<path to content>] /NamespaceType:{AutoCast | ScheduledCast} [/Time:<YYYY/MM/DD:hh:mm>] [/Clients:<number>].

For more information about adding images and configuring computers, see "How to Perform Common Tasks" at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=89223.


To verify that the registration occurred:

  1. Open the Command Prompt window.
  2. At the command prompt, run WDSUTIL /Get-AllNamespaces.
  3. Make sure that the output contains the namespace you registered.

Namespace registration

Windows Deployment Services