Running netsh in ConfigMgr task sequence on x64 client

In deploying Windows 7 x64 via a ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 task sequence I have a custom script to change the TCP Global Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level.  The command that is executed via the script is:

cmd /c netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=highlyrestricted

This unfortunately returned the following error:

Set global command failed on IPv4 The parameter is incorrect

Since ConfigMgr 2007 task sequences execute as a 32-bit process, and by default use 64-bit file redirection, the shell process in use is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\cmd.exe (which is the 32-bit version on a 64-bit client). By setting the option Disable 64-bit file system redirection on the Run Command Line task, the shell process used is C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe (the 64-bit process).  When the same command is executed in this context, it simply returns the expected, "Ok."

See the Windows Core Networking post, Receive Window Auto-Tuning on Vista, for more information about this setting and why you may need to change it in some circumstances.

The attached file includes my custom WSF script for this.

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Comments (2)
  1. Thanks for the reminder, Troy!  I had originally meant to include a reference and obviously forgot it.  I just updated the post with a linked article that explains in greater detail the potential scenario.  Let me know if you want more detail/clarification.

    I also have a WSF script that I hope to post soon that actually does this work as well as some additional logging.

  2. Troy L. Martin says:

    You don't hear much about having to adjust the TCP window-size…just curious as to why this needs to be done so often as to have this as a step in a Task Sequence.  What was the scenario?

    Again, just curious…Thanks Aaron

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