The Windows Sockets interface uses TCP/IP database files, HOSTS, LMHOSTS,
networks, and protocols which are the standard Internet database files. Most
operating systems maintain these database files in an \etc directory off the
root directory, but NT buries them deep in its system directory structure in the
change this default location
You can change the default path to folder of your choice. I suggest changing
this setting to c:\etc to ensure consistency across operating systems (by
default, both NetWare and UNIX point this path to the root directory).