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    SBS 2003 w/sp2...employees complaining that the file shares are very slow. At times when Excel is used, system freezes. I tried tcp parameter changes to no avail. Some of the work stations have xp pro sp2 and some have sp3. I thought Symantec Endpoint was problem, so I shut down all network monitoring from the Endpoint side with the help of tech support from them. We have a 10/100 switch am going to get a gigabyte switch and hope. Thanks for any input.

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    Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

    Originally posted by corkster View Post
    SBS 2003 w/sp2...employees complaining that the file shares are very slow. At times when Excel is used, system freezes. I tried tcp parameter changes to no avail. Some of the work stations have xp pro sp2 and some have sp3. I thought Symantec Endpoint was problem, so I shut down all network monitoring from the Endpoint side with the help of tech support from them. We have a 10/100 switch am going to get a gigabyte switch and hope. Thanks for any input.
    Is this an actual SBS issue where your opening the files on the SBS server or is it a client issues where your opening the files on the client machine???

    Is DNS working correctly??

    Do you have a virus in your network???

    How large are the Excel files and do they contain complicated calculations??

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      Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

      I'm going with DNS. Server should be using 127.0.01. All clients should use the server as their primary DNS server.
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        Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

        Originally posted by ]SK[ View Post
        I'm going with DNS. Server should be using 127.0.01. All clients should use the server as their primary DNS server.
        Only if the server has the DNS role installed, otherwise it should be pointed at the IP of a DNS server

        IIRC (with no link) there are some issues with Excel files over a network, but dont quote me on that....
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          Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

          I would be suprised if the DNS role was installed on another server besides the SBS server.
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            Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

            Thank you, the dns on all the workstations point to the ip of the server. Its a stand alone. All the folders that are shared and accessed are on the server. I just put a gigabyte switch (not managed) in place yesterday. All nics on workstation automatically bumped up to 1000mb. Nice. Am hoping that that improves the situation. Run Endpoint virus scans on a nightly basis. Small office only 7 seven workstations. Thanks again..

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              Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

              Any errors in the event logs?
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                Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

                Duplex mismatch on switch maybe?
                Do you have the additional windows updates after SPs for SBS and the client machines.
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                • #9
                  Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

                  Do you know what hard disks are in the server and how are they configured?

                  Sounds to me like a disk performance issue and it not being able to keep up with read/write access.

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                    Re: SBS 2003 SP2 Very slow file shares

                    Probibaly things you have already tried, but what about task manager, how's the cpu, memory, network utilization? How are you for diskspace, have u done a defrag? ect ect

                    Is this happening to everyone?

                    One thing to check, if u open excel/word with a blank document and file>open browse to network location of the file you are trying to open and open it that way, does it make a difference?
                    and copy the files from the server to the desktop and open them that way, does the problem still exist?
                    Last edited by uk_network; 14th October 2008, 11:26.
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