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    I have a Win2008 64bit, Exchange 2007 SP1 server. It is also a domain controller. It has 4GB RAM and hardware RAID1 (total of two SATA disks). Its a Dell 2950 server.

    Anyway, there are about 10 mailboxes on the server now and it loading consoles and using the GUI is now VERY slow. It was snappy when I first started working with it.

    As an Exchange user, performance seems okay, though I think it could be better.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Exchange 2007 SP1 server console VERY SLOW

    Does it just have a mirror?
    Exchange is heavy on disk use plus you have it fighting with AD for memory.
    Start up the performance monitoring and see how it is coping.
    The console does use AD so it may just be slow accessing it because AD access is slow.

    Sembee also wrote a bit:
    http://www.sembee.co.uk/archive/2008/02/14/69.aspx
    cheers
    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2007 SP1 server console VERY SLOW

      As you have already been pointed to my blog posting, there is little I can say, other than get used to it. It doesn't matter how much RAM you have on the machine, it is slow to load on all server variants of the OS. It isn't just Exchange with the issue, other MMC based applications have the same issue - WSUS for example.

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2007 SP1 server console VERY SLOW

        Originally posted by AndyJG247 View Post
        Does it just have a mirror?
        Exchange is heavy on disk use plus you have it fighting with AD for memory.
        Start up the performance monitoring and see how it is coping.
        The console does use AD so it may just be slow accessing it because AD access is slow.
        Does AD have a mirror or the Raid 1? Its RAID 1, not RAID 10, and yes there is a 2003 server as a second AD server. The server only has about 15 mailboxes on it now. I know 4 GB for Exchange + AD should be plenty.

        The server's timeline (each # is day)

        1-7: 2008 Installed, Exchange installed, about 5 GB of mail imported (10 users). Interface was snappy, everything great.
        ~20-30 First noticed the server interface was slow.
        20: Bad memory detected.
        30: Did the Dell dance and fixed the memory issues per their support
        30: Noticed it takes about 3 minutes to load an exchange management shell
        35: Added 5 more users
        50: Server installed updates, rebooted
        51 (today): Server acting very strange. Firewall service doesn't start automatically and server isn't going on the network without help. Exchange has been disabled. Other strange things happening. Trying to figure out what is really wrong. The server is deemed possessed.

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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2007 SP1 server console VERY SLOW

          I have found the console slow on every machine. To the point I no longer use it and try and do everything through powershell.

          The bonus is that the 70-236 exchange exam is almost totally about powershell commands.
          Stacey Smith
          Sr. Systems Engineer

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2007 SP1 server console VERY SLOW

            Exchange installed on a DC will only use that DC so the second server is irrelevant.
            RAID 1 is a mirror - I was askign because that is just using the speed of the disk, when you use striping then you get better performance. With Exchange and AD on the same box it is likely slow because of that.
            4GB RAM is probably the minimum I would put in just for Exchange even if it only has 15 mailboxes.

            "Personally" with your tale of woe below (or above however you have the forum listed ) I would be tempted to export the mail and reload as it is only reasonably fresh and you will save yourself hassle later on.
            Also make sure you absolutely have the latest drivers for the NICs.

            Also:
            http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940845
            Last edited by AndyJG247; 9th October 2008, 10:59.
            cheers
            Andy

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