Microsoft KB Archive/171061

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Article ID: 171061

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Routing and Remote Access Service Update for Windows NT Server 4.0

This article was previously published under Q171061


Your computer running both Windows NT Server and the Routing and Remote Access service are not advertising all of the correct routes to all of your networks. The subnets that are not being advertised are the subnets with a zero as the last octet in the subnet ID.


The Routing and Remote Access servers discard zero subnet advertisements.


Obtain the Routing & Remote Access Service Hotfix Update mentioned below.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Routing and Remote Access Update for Windows NT Server version 4.0. This problem was corrected in the Routing & Remote Access Service Hotfix Update. You can obtain this update from Microsoft's World Wide Web Site on the Internet at the following location:

NOTE: Because the Microsoft Web site is regularly updated, the site address may change without notice. If this occurs, link to the Microsoft home page at the following address:


The zero subnet is easier to identify using the following example:

Consider a class B address of that is subnetted with a mask. The valid subnet IDs will be,,, and For this example, is the zero subnet ID. This zero subnet will not be advertised and, therefore, will not be reachable from other networks.

Traditionally, a zero subnet ID was considered invalid, but the practice of discarding these subnets is now obsolete. A complete discussion of this practice can be found in RFC 1878, which has superceded RFC950, and can be found at the following Internet location:

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