Data type


Default value


0x3C–0x418937 ( seconds ) ( 1 minute–49.7 days ) 49.7 days)

0x384 ( 15 minutes )


Determines how often the Net Logon service attempts to find a nearby domain controller. The value of this entry specifies the minimum time that must elapse between attempts. The value is used when Net Logon is using a domain controller in a site that is not nearby, but a client requires a domain controller in a site near it.

This value does not apply when Net Logon is finding a domain controller to authenticate an interactive logon that is using pass-through authentication on a secure channel. These transactions do not need time between attempts.

This value helps separate attempts to locate domain controllers when a secure channel is used for other communications, such as pass-through authentication of a network logon.

Note Image Note

Windows 2000 does not add this entry to the registry. You can add it by editing the registry or by using a program that edits the registry.

Caution Image Caution

Use caution when changing the value of this entry. If the value is too high, the requesting client might be delayed significantly. If the value is too low, repeated attempts to find the domain controller can create excessive network traffic.