JSI Tip 6249. How do I disable Site awareness for Windows 2000 DFS in a Windows NT 4.0 domain?

If you use a Windows 2000 Distributed File System (DFS) server in a Windows NT 4.0 domain, your clients may experience a 5 second delay before they can access the DFS resources, because the Windows 2000 DFS server is trying to obtain a SITE referral from Active Directory so that the clients can acquire resources that are closer on the network.

Microsoft will address this issue in Service Pack 4 (SP4) for Windows 2000.

Once SP4 is installed on the Windows 2000 DFS server:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a DfsDisableSiteAwareness.reg file:



2. Open a CMD prompt.

3. Type net stop dfs and press Enter.

4. Type regedit /s DfsDisableSiteAwareness.reg and press Enter.

5. Type net start dfs and press Enter.

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