Thousands of IPs and the System process

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Thousands of IPs and the System process

I am doing stress testing on a security product and in order to do this I am required to assign well over 50k IPs to a single windows machine. Neither Win2k nor Win2k3 have any problem with this but WinXPPRo(SP1, SP2 and other variations)have a variety of issues with it but one that seem to happen every time.

When I reboot the system after assigning somewhere in the neighborhood of 50000 ips and it loads the process called "System" uses all the processor time. This makes it difficult to configure any further or to use that box.

I can't switch windows flavors or even not use windows or winxp. And I have no recourse on the IP assignment issue, this is the setup I need.

What I think it is doing is enumerating every IP it has and checking it. I need it to not do that.

Does anyone know what might be going on here?