Including Network Drive Letters in the PATH Statement May Cause Excessive Traffic

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SYMPTOMS

On a computer that does not have Remote Access Service (RAS) installed, including a network drive letter in the System Path variable may cause an SMB search request for Rasadhlp.dll. This only happens when GetHostByName() is invoked from a sockets application such as ping. On a computer that does have RAS installed, you may see a search request for Rtutils.dll.

CAUSE

WinSock2 tries to load the RAS auto dial helper dll without checking if RAS is running or not.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.

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Article ID: 189522 - Last Review: October 9, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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