Netware resource allocation/Performance enhancement
Posted on 2003-10-29
The organization (in brief):
4 building campus, all in short walking distance
150-200 Windows 2k Workstations (slowest: PII400, most much faster)
Very Standard Desktop installation (90% configured identically)
2 Mac G4s
6 Netware 5.1 Servers, latest SP (all 1 Ghz/1 GB RAM or better)
7 Windows 2000 (Appliation) servers
Switched 10Mb to every desktop
Switched 100Mb to every server
-IPX Still Running
-Netware Queues frequently "not connected"
-Printer Setup erratic
-Logins Slow (4.83/4.9 client) or impossible
-Misc other Client issues
-Zen reports not reliable (we have only been able to use it for one software search in 18 months)
-Zen creates errors on workstations
-Groupwise perfomance erratic (from disconnected to excellent)
-Authentication to some servers painfully slow
-Macs unable to utilize network resources (policy established to promote network stability)
Our network has been designed and maintained by a CNE with frequent assistance from Master CNE consultants.
I am not comfortable with our current resource allocation and network performance. Both have a noticable negative affect on our user's computing experience.
Zen has been of no value to our organization. It has, in fact, created problems with some of our workstations (ntscan32 errors, resource hogging). I fail to see any value in NAL (which has caused problems on every single workstation) considering that our installation is so standard.
NDPS was a complete failure, and we are abandoning Netware Que printing for our 20 HP/JetDirect Printers because the queues will intermittently report "not connected" for no apparent reason. We are moving to direct IP printing.
Our server support time is divided at about 80/20. 80% on 5 Netware servers, 20 percent on twice as many (10) windows application servers.
Obviously, we are doing something (things) wrong.
Here is the challenge/question: How would you use the resources listed above to create a reliable, stable, and fast Network environment? I don't expect anybody to address each of the issues listed above...I'd just like thoughts on how it could be redone from scratch to work better.