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Overloaded DHCP Server Stops Functioning with Limited Queue Size
Article ID: 241223
This article was previously published under Q241223
When you are running the Microsoft Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server service on a computer running Windows NT 4.0, and your DHCP server experiences high network traffic levels, or the DHCP reservation database becomes too large, the DHCP service may not function properly and the computer may stop responding (hang).
This behavior can occur because there is no queue limit size in Windows NT 4.0 Server. When the DHCP server reaches a critical section timeout, the service stops responding to DHCP packets.
Windows NT Server or Workstation 4.0To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server EditionTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for 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 Server 4.0 Service Pack 6 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6.