Client for NFS fails to restart - Event ID: 16387 - Windows(R) failed a request to initialize the Network File System (NFS) redirector

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  • I have seen this issue out there in a few threads but a definitive solution has not been posted by Microsoft that I can find. So here is the simple answer. The long answer why this doesn't work on a default install of MSNFS is going to have to come from Microsoft and should be in the form of a hotfix.

    Problem Description

    On boot, Client for NFS starts and remains running. If an attempt is made to restart the service from the MMC or nfsadmin, an error occurs and nfsclnt fails to start.

    Event log error:


    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        NfsClnt
    Date:          7/7/2011 2:39:51 PM
    Event ID:      16387
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      myserver
      Windows(R) failed a request to initialize the Network File System (NFS) redirector <[d:\w7rtm\base\fs\remotefs\nfs\client\nfsclient\service.c:199] : 0: The operation completed successfully.

      Client for NFS cannot start.

      Windows may be low on system resources.  Try increasing available system resources by closing programs, then start Client for NFS manually.

    PROBLEM CAUSED BY: When shutting down Client for NFS using the Services GUI, Client for NFS Redirector is not shut down


    SOLUTION: Stop NFS Redirector - 'sc stop NfsRdr' - Then start NFS client service - 'nfsadmin start client'

    Use 'nfsadmin client stop' to correctly shut down both the Client for NFS service and the Client for NFS Redirector.

    'Network File System (NFS) redirector' is actually "Client for NFS Redirector" and not listed as a service even though "Client for NFS" requires it.  

    Using 'sc', details on the hidden NfsRdr system component can be queried and then used to stop the redirector so that nfsclnt.exe can reload it on start up using the Services GUI.

    C:\Windows\System32>sc GetDisplayName NfsRdr
    [SC] GetServiceDisplayName SUCCESS
    Name = Client for NFS Redirector

    C:\Windows\System32>sc qdescription NfsRdr
    [SC] QueryServiceConfig2 SUCCESS

    DESCRIPTION:  Kernel-side part of Client for NFS. Enables a Windows based computer to access NFS server shares


    Hope this thread is helpful !!




    • Changed type T_W_Black Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:41 PM Lack of useful responses from MS
    Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:40 PM

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  • Thank you for your sharing and this will certainly help others have similar issues in future.
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    Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:09 AM
  • Great Man, Thanx for sharing, We were having the same problem which resolved by this article, good job man keep it up.





    Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:58 AM
  • This is perfect. Thanks for Sharing

    Mat A

    Saturday, February 21, 2015 4:26 AM