Microsoft acknowledged last week that the stress of a large user load on its flagship Windows 2000 operating system causes premature ageing.
In what appears to be a small bug or 'Easter egg' unearthed last week, once any user group exceeds 500, the hair colour of the person icon representing the group changes to grey, presumably from the virtual stress.
An advisory note released by Microsoft confirms that the issue is present in Windows 2000 Server and Professional, and affects built-in, local and global groups.
But the company also stressed that in no way does this "affect the functionality of the group or the users for whom the hair colour of the icon changes".
To reproduce the problem, simply create 499 users in the root domain. Add the users to a local built-in, global or user-created local group. Create and add a few more users to exceed 500, then apply the changes and click 'ok' in Active Directory Users and Computers.
You will then notice that in the member's tab for the domain users, the icon's hair is grey.
The advisory is available here.
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