Disabling the Gratuitous ARP Functionality in Windows 2000

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When a Windows 2000-based computer starts, a packet that contains the computer's TCP/IP address is broadcast on the network to prevent the use of duplicate addresses on the same network. This is called a gratuitous Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) packet. Routers and other network hardware may cache routing information that is obtained from multiple gratuitous ARP packets. For both performance and maintenance reasons, you can disable this feature in Windows 2000.

Note that the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article mentions setting the ArpRetryCount value in the registry to 0 (zero) to stop the gratuitous ARP packet, but this method results in three gratuitous ARP packets being sent:
219374 How to Disable the Gratuitous ARP Function


This issue occurs because Windows 2000 recognizes only data values 1, 2, and 3 for the ArpRetryCount value. If you use a value of 0 (zero), the default value of 3 is used.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   12-May-2000  19:11  5.0.2195.3055  311,376  Tcpip.sys


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3.


For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes


Article ID: 280524 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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