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Release of network adapter configuration

Posted on 2003-03-18
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My problem is that windows 2000 seems to like to inform you when your network connection is unplugged, as well as drop all the configurations for that particular adapter.  I really don't like this behavior, as it causes programs to instantly disconnect whereas under windows 98 they would wait a bit for the connection to be plugged back in.  I was wondering if there was a way to disable windows 2000 from detecting unplugged network connections..I already found a way to make it not show the dialog in the system tray by stopping a couple services, but all that seems to change is the display and not what goes on in the background.  Here's the system log from when the cable is removed, if it would help:

Event Type:     Information
Event Source:     Tcpip
Event Category:     None
Event ID:     4202
Date:          3/18/2003
Time:          2:21:19 PM
User:          N/A
Computer:     XP2100
Description:
The system detected that network adapter SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter was disconnected from the network, and the adapter's network configuration has been released. If the network adapter was not disconnected, this may indicate that it has malfunctioned. Please contact your vendor for updated drivers.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 02 00 50 00   ......P.
0008: 00 00 00 00 6a 10 00 40   ....j..@
0010: 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
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Here's something I found about best practices for cluster network config. See if this helps you with your situation.

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You should disable the default media sense policy for TCP/IP to ensure that, if cables are disconnected or media sense is lost, the TCP/IP configuration and corresponding cluster network configuration are not torn down. Add the following registry value to each node:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System \CurrentControlSet \Services \Tcpip \Parameters
Value Name: DisableDHCPMediaSense
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 1

(Windows 2000)

Link:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/proddocs/server/initiate_drainstop_NLB.asp

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