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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
When you try to receive Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) data in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, the TCP connection may be reset before all the data can be processed.
This problem occurs when the receiving computer cannot process all the data that is sent within a certain length of time. By default in Windows Server 2003, TCP connections must close after the TCP connection state has been set to FIN_WAIT_2 for two minutes.
Note When the sending computer sends FIN, the state of the TCP connection is set to FIN_WAIT_2. After the TCP connection has been closed, the sending computer sends RST in order to reset the connection if the receiving computer sends any packets to the sending computer.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003
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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 installed.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003, x86-based versions
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions
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To work around this problem, increase the time that TCP connections may remain in the FIN_WAIT_2 state. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
In the details pane, double-click TCPFinWait2Delay, and then enter a value from 30 through 300.
Note If the TCPFinWait2Delay value does not exist, you must create it as a REG_DWORD registry value. This registry value controls how many seconds that a TCP connection waits before it is forced to close after the shutdown(s, SD_SEND) function is called. The default value is 240 seconds. The range for this value is from 30 through 300. This registry value must be created manually. Otherwise, the default value is used.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.
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824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates