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Hi,

We recently upgraded our Win2K domain controller to Windows 2003 Small Business Server and also installed WindowsXP on all the workstatations (previously running Win2K).

The problem is that the network is very slow in all aspects- just connecting to another pc on the network can take up to 2 minutes and file transfers take forever.

There was no changes done to the hardware on workstations, although we got a new server for the domain controller.

Any idea what can be done to speed things up?

Thanks,
Mokwaja.
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Slow Win XP on Network

The FIRST thing to check Is the PC has Valid DNS server in its Connection Properties (Under TCP/IP) and the correct DNS suffix. You might want to try Adding Your Domain Controllers IP address in as the secondary DNS server.

*****Slow Network Operation*****

Ensure You have Service Pack 1 Which fixed a bug for slow network browsing see
http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2003/0424micropulls.html

By default Windows XP searches for Network Shares and Printers to disable this follow this advice
http://is-it-true.org/nt/xp/atips/atips23.shtml

If your connecting to a W2K Server it will autodiconnect Idle LAN connections after 15 Mins to disable this follow this for advice
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/194/

The problem might be n the local machine Speed up XP by disabling indexing
http://www.activewin.com/winxp/tips/basic/21.shtml

Slow copying Files from XP in a Domain Environment? See
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;321169

Slow Network Performance Occurs If You Copy Files to a Windows 2000 Domain Controller
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;321098

XP : speedup access to network shares:
http://is-it-true.org/nt/xp/atips/atips14.shtml

*****Slow Startup*****

Correcting System Hang at Startup

If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service (Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background.

1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable it, apply the changes & reboot.

The Windows XP Welcome screen appears to hang during 'loading your personal settings
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBN/tip6700/rh6737.htm

How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310353

Slow logon to domain in XP Pro
http://www.windowsxpatoz.com/cgi-bin/performance/index.cgi?answer=1036283899&id=1036282433


Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/platform/performance/fastboot/default.mspx
BootVis.exe Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/platform/performance/fastboot/bootvis.mspx

Is the machine slow logging into the a Domain? See
http://www.windowsxpatoz.com/cgi-bin/performance/index.cgi?answer=1036283899&id=1036282433
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4. On the XP Box

From your Network Connections, select your network adapter and then select "Change Settings of this Connection".  To find your "Network Connections", select "My Computer" from the start menu, then select "My Network Places" and finally select "My Network Connections".

Be sure 'Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing" are both installed.  If they are not installed, click the "Install Button" to install them now. - You should also check to ensure the XP built in firewall is DISABLED.   This is in the ADVANCED tab.

Next, select the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click Properties.
 
If you have a network that uses a STATIC IP ADDRESS schema you should see information here.

Next, click the Advanced Button
 
Select the WINS tab.  Under the "NetBios Setting" area, select the "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP"
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Thanks Pete, I will take a look at your links provided.

Mokwaja.
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ThanQ
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by:Verbaetim
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I have a Windows Small Business Server 2003 With 25 users but it is taking up to 4 min to apply the settings.
It was working fine and now it is not.

It is not just 1 XP Pro it is all the XP Pro boxes they are all having a slow time logging in it hangs at applying settings for 2 min to 4 min and then logs in.
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by:JoshuaKairl
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http://www.smallbizserver.net/Default.aspx?tabid=98
Slow file copy to the SBS 2003 server
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by:MikeSievers
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1) Disable and enable the local network connection on the server.

2) If still slow then shutdown the XP pc and restart

This works for me.
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