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Sockets-based child processes are not stopped and appear as "zombie processes."
There is a timing window where the TCP connection is not closed correctly on the Windows NT side and data that has not been acknowledged yet is discarded.
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:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
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.
Zombie processes are child processes that are no longer running, but the kernel still needs to keep information about them. In this case, these processes are waiting for an event that never comes.
Article ID: 192266 - Last Review: October 10, 2013 - Revision: 1.3