Possible Network File Damage with Redirector Caching

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SYMPTOMS

When you use the Microsoft Client for Microsoft Networks, a file on a Microsoft networking server (such as a Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 95, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups, or Microsoft LAN Manager server) may become damaged or may contain invalid data if multiple workstations access the file at the same time.

CAUSE

The network redirector (Vredir.vxd) caches data locally for files it accesses on a Microsoft networking server. If the file size does not change or if the last modified time does not change within a two-second period, the redirector reads file data from the locally stored cache rather than from the file on the server.

RESOLUTION

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This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95:
   VREDIR.VXD version 4.00.1112 (dated 2/11/97) and later
				
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This update resolves this issue by disabling caching on all FileOpen calls only if the following binary value is present in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\VREDIR


Value Name: DiscardCacheOnOpen
Value: 01 00 00 00
If this value is not present or is set to 0, this update behaves the same as Vredir.vxd versions 4.00.955 and earlier.

This value is not added by default and must be added manually in order to disable caching when opening files.

STATUS

This issue is resolved in Microsoft Windows 98.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about issues resolved by updates to this component, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
172594 Cannot Connect to Server with 15 Characters and Period in Name
165402 Windows 95 Update to Encrypt Passwords in Memory
161100 File May Be Truncated When Copied to a Full Network Drive
157114 "Access Denied" Attempting to Run File on LM/X Server
152186 Possible Network Data Corruption If Locking Not Used
142803 Hang or Locking Error Accessing Database Files Over Network
140558 Deleting Files on Samba Servers May Delete Local Files Instead
138249 Updated Vredir.vxd Corrects Errors Running Files on LMX
160807 Cannot Connect to Windows NT Server with Many Shares
150215 Disabling Automatic Network Shortcut Resolution
138014 File May Be Truncated to Zero Bytes When Copied Onto Itself
136834 Error Copying Read-Only Files to Core SMB Server

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Article ID: 148367 - Last Review: September 30, 2013 - Revision: 2.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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