Connecting to a Server is Slow over RAS Using LMHOSTS File

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SYMPTOMS
When you dial into a remote site, the initial attempt to connect to aserver share point can take up to 90 seconds to complete.
CAUSE
If the name of the server being connected to is resolved by using the localLMHOSTS file, when attempting to connect, Windows NT must wait for theconnection attempt over the local LAN to timeout before the connection overRAS is accepted. If you use the normal default TCP/IP values forTcpMaxConnectRetransmissions, it will take 90 seconds to time out.

This problem is not experienced if WINS or broadcast name resolution isused to locate the computer being connected to.
RESOLUTION
You can work around this problem by lowering the value ofTcpMaxConnectRetransmissions. Setting this to a value of 1 reduces thedelay to 18 seconds. However, lowering this value may cause problems whenestablishing a connection to a server over a slow link.

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

For your convenience, the English version of this post-SP3 hotfix has beenposted to the following Internet location. However, Microsoft recommendsthat you install Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 to correct this problem.

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: 178205 - Last Review: 10/07/2013 16:16:39 - Revision: 2.2

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition

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