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Extremely slow RIS Builds

Posted on 2003-03-03
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We use RIS to deploy machines in our department and normally they finish building in an hour.  We recently purchased a few Dell 2350s which take an extremely long time to build with RIS (I left it running overnight for 12+ hours and it still wasn't finished!).  RIS Event log shows no errors, files can be copied via the SMB share at full speed, there are no network congestions, and other machines build perfectly fine.  Windows 2000 is at the latest service pack and I have swapped in various network cards to no avail.  Dell 2300, 4400, and 4500s build without a problem.  Why would RIS build machines so slowly on Dell 2350s?
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>>Why would RIS build machines so slowly on Dell 2350s?

I don't think it's RIS.  I am sure you have tried different drops and patch cords as well.  Sounds like they have changed the PCI Bus architecture and your having problems interfacing with the NICs. Have you tested throughput to your server using their image?  What chipset is the Dell Image indicate under Device Manager? If your using as many Dells as you state I would give them a call.
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Thanks for the quick response, I forgot to check back after I posted.  Apparently the chipset did change and the older 3com cards we have caused issues with the system during the build (however they work fine after the build.. moot point, though, since the machines have integrated nics).  We used some newer 3com 3c905cx's and the build went smoothly.

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Glad I good help.  I'm a big 3c905 fan myself even though some of the 3com cards don't get along so well with Cisco equipment.  :)  Thanks.  MSGeek.
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