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Microsoft did not finally fix the Windows metadata server connection problem

Microsoft claims to have resolved the metadata linking problems of the Windows, which continue to inconvenience customers, causing problems for users trying to manage printers and other hardware.

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Microsoft Windows metadata

When new material is added to a Computer with a Windows operating system, the operating system connects to a website managed by Microsoft called Windows Metadata and Internet Services (WMIS), to obtain metadata related to that material.

These metadata packages include information about the hardware, such as the model name, description, OEM provider, various properties and actions, and the associated hardware categories of the device. This information is then used in various Windows dialog boxes, such as the configuration page Devices and Printers.

However, since November, Windows has not been able to connect to the Metadata service located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252669&clcid=0x409, which redirects to http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/metadata.svc.

When you visit the URL from a browser, the site displays an error "502 Bad Gateway", indicating that something is wrong with the site.

As reported by the BornCity in December, this led to periodic connection errors Event ID 201 and repetitive errors Event ID 131 for the 'DeviceSetupManager', appearing in the Windows Event Viewer logs, with the message "Metadata staging failure, result=0x80070490“.

According to information from a admin experiencing these errors, the inability to connect to Windows Metadata Services is causing problems for their organization.

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These problems include delays of 4-5 minutes when troubleshooting printer problems or adding and deleting print queues, and usually result in support requests for these problems. For a large organization with thousands of Devices Windows, this can be a serious problem for staff.

However, Windows administrators got a moment of joy this week, as Microsoft released the updates KB5034763 for Windows 10 and KB5034765 for Windows 11 as part of Patch Tuesday February 2024, with the proclamation that they contain a fix for Windows metadata linking issues.

These updates claim to resolve the problems connecting to Windows metadata servers, and as an added benefit, the connection will be made via HTTPS, making it safer.

After Windows updates are installed, the new metadata server URL, https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=2257403&clcid=0x409, uses HTTPs and redirects to the new URL https://devicemetadataservice.trafficmanager.net/dms/metadata.svc?LinkID=2257403&clcid=0x409, which also uses HTTPs.

However, Microsoft failed to associate an IP address with devicemetadataservice.trafficmanager.net in DNS, causing connection attempts to fail. Other Windows administrators report seeing similar bugs with Event ID 201 in the Event Viewer after the update is installed.

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How does Windows Metadata Server work?

Windows Metadata Server, also known as Windows Server, is an operating system designed specifically to serve the needs of businesses and networks. Its operation is based on the management and organization of data and information stored on a network.

Windows Metadata Server uses a system called Active Directory (AD) to manage users and computers on the network. AD allows administrators to create and manage user accounts, set security policies, and control access to network resources. In addition, Windows Metadata Server provides services such as network management, data storage, security policy enforcement, and remote access. These services allow administrators to maintain Security and the performance of their network, while ensuring the continuous operation of applications and services.

Finally, Windows Metadata Server uses a file system called NTFS (New Technology File System) to store and manage data. NTFS provides advanced security features, including encryption, access rights management, and data recovery.

Source: bleepingcomputer

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