Event ID 10016 on a SharePoint Server

by Melyssa Bell September 25, 2008

After a new installation or an upgrade on a MOSS server, you may start receiving a million DCOM errors in your System event logs. Thankfully, these are very easy to clean out. The error will look something like this:

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {<GUID>} to the user <server>\<service account> SID (S-1-5-21-<service account ID>).  This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

  1. Highlight and copy the GUID in the error description.
  2. Start > Run > regedit
  3. Click on the root node: My Computer
  4. Edit > Find… and paste the GUID into the textbox. Click Find Next.
  5. The right-hand pane should populate with the service information. Make note of the name in the Data field.
  6. Start > Administrative Tools > Component Services.
  7. Expand Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCOM Config.
  8. Scroll down until you find the service name. Right click > Properties.
  9. On the Security tab, under Launch and Activation Permissions, make sure Customize is selected.
  10. Click the Edit button.
  11. Add the service account that was mentioned in the error description and give it Local Launch and Local Activation. (Some instances may need the remote launch/activation permissions as well.)
  12. Apply the changes and do an IISRESET.

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