Windows NT Services for Macintosh May Not Start in Desired Zone

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SYMPTOMS
On some networks, Windows NT Services for Macintosh may not start in theconfigured zone every time. The computer may choose a zone at random ormay choose the network's default zone each time.

Similar behavior can be seen if the Windows NT Server computer is in a multiple seeded range where the ranges are not exactly the same for the zones, which can cause confusion among nonseed routers. This would also affect browsing for printers because the printers may go back and forth between the different seeded ranges. An example would be seed router A routes 1-5 while, on the same net seed, router b routes 2-6. The devices listing 1 or 6 as their seeded range would not be visible by the other ranges.
CAUSE
Some routers may send late responses to "Get Net Info" AppleTalk Request,causing Service for Macintosh to come up in the wrong zone.
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 theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 3.51. Afix to this problem is in development, but has not been regression-testedand may be destabilizing in production environments. Microsoft does notrecommend implementing this fix at this time. Contact Microsoft TechnicalSupport for more information on the availability of this fix.

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: 171989 - Last Review: 10/07/2013 05:05:39 - Revision: 2.2

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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