NT4 slow on Netware 3.12
Posted on 1997-05-01
I have started to deploy Windows NT 4.0 Workstation on a Netware 3.12 network. My problem is that it takes forever for NT 4.0 to print anything over the network. Network access is also slow, at best.
All NT Workstations are Pentium PCs with 32MB RAM, and are running on SP1 and SP2 (mixed combination). The network is a netware 3.12. The protocol is IPX, but the NT workstations are coming on line with TCP/IP since we will be migrating to that protocol to access the dabase on Unix.
I have an NT server to act as a PDC so that I can centralize the TCP/IP address administration, as well as user accounts on the NT domain. Logging into the NT domain itself is lightning fast, but anytime I do anything related to novell, such as accessing the files on the novell server, or printing through their print queues, it's turtle city.
The performance is slow whether or not I use Client for Netware Networks (MS), or Novell's Intranetware client for NT. I do not use the NT Server to route the requests through GSNW either. The version of the Intranetware client currently installed is v4.0 (961104). Upgrading to the later version did not solve the problem either.
The protocols running on the network are TCP/IP and IPX. Binding NETBEUI over the IPX did not make any difference to the speed of network access.
Does anyone know how I can improve the performance of NT on this network from hell? I'm stuck with Netware because of the corporate direction - but I can influence the desktop systems, and I beleive NT is the future of corporate computing.