How to configure Secure Sockets Layer server and Client cache elements

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry



When you access the Web server, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) session IDs and other SSL session information are kept in the Schannel cache. You must know the length of time that the SSL session information is cached so that you can set the appropriate length when you develop load-balancing applications that identify separate users based on their SSL session number. You can modify the length of time that the SSL session information is cached for Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 and Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 with the registry entries that are described in the
Modify the SChannel Cache section of this article.

Modify the SChannel Cache

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To modify the length of time that the SSL session information is cached, follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor. To do this, click
    Start, click Run, type
    regedt32, and then click OK.

  2. Click to select the following key in the registry:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE][System][CurrentControlSet][Control][SecurityProviders][SCHANNEL]

  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, type ClientCacheTime in the
    Value Name box, select REG_DWORD for
    Data Type, and then click OK.

  4. In the Data box, type a value in milliseconds, click Decimal, and then click

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add the ServerCacheTime value.

  6. Exit Registry Editor.

Additional Notes

The following are the registry key locations and values:


  • [System]

  • [CurrentControlSet]

  • [Control]

  • [SecurityProviders]


  • ClientCacheTime:hierarchical (the time to expire client side cache elements)

  • ServerCacheTime:hierarchical (the time to expire server side cache elements)

Values are calibrated in milliseconds (120000 = 2 minutes). The default values are listed in the following table, and keys do not appear in the registry unless they are changed from the default values. A value of 0 turns off the secure connection caching.

The default ServerCacheTime and ClientCacheTime values are different by the version of Schannel.dll.

The CacheTime values are as follows:




Windows NT 4.0 SP6a

2 minutes

2 minutes

Windows NT 4.0 SP6a + Q265369

60 minutes

5 minutes

Windows 2000 SP1

2 minutes

2 minutes

Windows 2000 SP2

10 hours

10 hours

Windows XP

10 hours

10 hours

The registry key locations apply to all versions of the Schannel cache. Keep the server-side interval short for better management of the overall size of the Schannel cache.


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

265369 Internet Explorer renegotiates Secure Sockets Layer connection every two minutes

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