This configuration parameter specifies the maximum number of servers per domain the agent should attempt to connect to before going into disconnected mode. This parameter is used if the agent is unable to connect to it’s primary domain controller to enable it to query DNS for a list of other domain controllers and try each server in the list up to the maximum number of servers you specify. For example, if you have a large number of replica domain controllers for a given domain, you may want to use this parameter to limit the number of servers for the agent to try in order to limit network traffic and improve performance.
In most cases, you set this configuration parameter using group policy. You can, however, set it manually in the configuration file if you are not using group policy or want to temporarily override group policy.
If you are manually setting this parameter, the parameter value must be a positive integer or 0. Setting the parameter value to 0 means that the agent attempts to connect to every server in the list until successful.
The default value is 0.
For example, to allow the agent to attempt to contact up to five domain controllers before going into disconnected mode:
This parameter is ignored if you have defined a master domain controller for the zone to which the computer belongs because the computer only connects to that domain controller.
Note: This parameter is deprecated for versions of adclient from 4.4.3 to 5.0.x. It is available in version 5.1.0 and later.