FileServer crashes & network freezes
Posted on 1998-12-10
Our Fileserver (Workgroup 8550/200) has increased the rate at which it crashes, from once every month or two, to a couple of times - at least - a day. In addition there are frequent occasions when the workstations freeze when trying to access a particular volume from the fileserver - a Grade folder with all the students' folders and files contained in it.
The Fileserver runs
* Mac OS 7.6.1
* AppleShare 3.6.4
* AppleShare Admin 4.2.1
* AppleShare Fileserver 4.2.1
* 32meg RAM
* 2Gig HD to which I've added an additional 4Gig external HD
The server services 25 Power Macs and about 25 LClls. All except one of the Power Macs run OS 7.6.1 The other PowerBook runs OS 8.1. The LClls run OS 7.1
We have a unix box which serves as a mail gateway and gives access to the internet. The Internet access is via a modem which is permanently connected.
I've had David Baker from Apple Australia come out earlier this year to look at this problem. At this time the problem centred around the workstations freezing rather than the fileserver crashing. He removed a hidden file somewhere and for some time thereafter the problem didn't exist. David suggested that if the problem ever occurred again to delete and recreate the user to whom it happened. This worked for some time and then became ineffective. However the situation now is that the Fileserver crashes on a daily basis!
As may be deduced from the above information, I'm a relatively inexperienced user so any information needs to be kept in as much layman's language as possible.
We will be delighted with any help that produces/contributes a solution to these problems.