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A handle leak occurs when the Auto Refresh option is enabled in the Routing and Remote Access console on a Windows 2000-based computer

A handle leak occurs when you monitor the Routing and Remote Access service by using the Routing and Remote Access console on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer. The handle leak occurs when the Auto Refresh option is enabled. This leak may exhaust system resources and cause the system to stop responding. If you run the Perfmon.exe utility to monitor the Handle Count performance counter for the Regsvc instance, the value of the performance counter grows endlessly.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

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No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

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More information
Steps to reproduce this problem
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Rrasmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
  2. In the left pane of the Routing and Remote Access console, right-click Routing and Remote Access, and then click Refresh Rate.
  3. In the Refresh Rate dialog box, type 10 in the Refresh every (seconds) box, and then click OK.
  4. On the Action menu, make sure that the Auto Refresh option is selected.
  5. Click Start, click Run, type perfmon, and then click OK.
  6. Click the Add icon.
  7. In the Performance object list, click Process, click Handle Count in Select counters from list, click regsvc in Select instances from list, click Add, and then click Close.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
autorefresh, rras

Article ID: 837631 - Last Review: 01/14/2015 12:18:45 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

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