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Network Server Enhancements

Increase Network Performance and Throughput (Windows NT/2000) Popular
If you increase the number of buffers that the redirector reserves for network performance, it may increase your network throughput. Each extra execution thread that you configure will take 1k of additional nonpaged pool memory, but only if your applications actually use them.

Display Network Error Statistics (Windows 2000/XP)
This tweak allows you display error statistics on the Network Connection Status page for LAN and WAN connections. This information may be useful in diagnosing the network reliability.

Manage Network Bridge Feature (Windows XP)
Windows XP includes a new feature called Network Bridge, which lets you connect disparate media types into one seamless network. This tweak allows you to control forwarding and settings associated with this feature.

Manage the Reserved QoS Bandwidth (Windows 2000/XP)
This setting determines the percentage of connection bandwidth that the system can reserve for QoS traffic. By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection.

Manage the QoS Packet Queuing (Windows 2000/XP)
This setting specifies the maximum number of outstanding packets permitted on the system. When the number of outstanding packets reaches this limit, the Packet Scheduler postpones all submissions to network adapters until the number falls below this limit.

Specify Users to Receive Administrative Alerts (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting is used to specify a list of users and/or computers that should receive administrative alerts.

Load Balance Network Adapters (Windows NT/2000/XP)
If you have two or more network cards in your system this setting allows you to distribute the number of connections, or sessions among the adapters according to a randomizing algorithm.

Change the IRP Stack Size (Windows NT)
When you access shares on a computer running Windows NT Server from a Windows NT client and the IRPstackSize parameter is set too low on the server, you may receive the following error message: "Not enough server storage is available to process this command." This tweak should resolve the problem.

Control Network Browser Elections (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
A browser election is a normal network occurrence and provides a means to guarantee there is never more than one master browser present in a domain or workgroup.

Define the Slow Link Time-Out (Windows NT/2000)
Windows uses this value to define what should be classified as low speed and what is a high speed connection. The default time-out is 2000 milliseconds, any connection slower is considered a low speed link.

Automatically Detect Slow Network Connections (Windows NT/2000)
Windows will normally attempt to detect the time-out on network links to determine their speed (high or low). This functionality can be disabled if Windows is having problems determining the speed of your link.

Specifying a Preferred Netware Server (Windows 95/98/Me)
This setting allows you to specify a default Netware.

Removing or Adding Items to Your Persistent Connections List (All Windows)
Windows stores the names of previously mapped drives in the registry, this can be a security threat if vulnerable hidden shares are listed. An advantage is that this key can also be used to set default items for list, if for example inexperienced users were required to map common drives, you could store them here.

Manage the Domain Controller Cannot Be Reached Message (Windows NT/2000/XP)
When Windows is unable to contact a domain controller during a users login a popup error message may be displayed, this message can be controlled by modifying this setting.

Remove the Hand Icon for Shared Resources (All Windows)
Normally when you share a local resource on the network a hand icon is placed under the item to show it is shared. With this tweak you can remove the icon.

Specify the Schedule for Alerter Service (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting is used to specify how often the server checks alert conditions and sends any required alert messages to administrative users.

Disable Mapped Drive Reconnect Warning (Windows 95/98/Me)
This setting is used to disable the mapped drive reconnect warning shown at startup when a network drive is unavailable.

Enable Random Adapter Responses (Windows 95/98/Me)
For a computer with multiple network adapters, this setting specifies whether to respond with an IP address selected randomly from the range of addresses on the computer or whether to return the IP address of the adapter that the request came in upon.

Enable the Network Adapter Onboard Processor (Windows 2000/XP) Popular
If your network adapter has an onboard processor, designed to offload network processing from the system CPU, it is disabled by default. This setting allows you to enable it and increase the processing speed of your system.

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