Windows 2000 Print server slow

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have Windows 2000 server SPK 3 that is my print server.
All my printers are being mapped via kixtart login script, which has been working fine.
Since yesterday, all my users are experiencing sluggish network connectivity and printing.
I am 80% sure the problem is related to my print server, because it's acting very slow.
I have stopped and restarted the spooler several time, but no change.  The event log on the print server looks good. Just slow ...
Any ideas...
Question by:abastanpour
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    Expert Comment

    Perfomance problems:  Could be a number of things, network card failing, limited harddrive space, fragmented harddrive, high traffic, legacy hardware, degraded os... etc

    Author Comment

    I have checked that as well.  There is 32 gig of free space, NIC is fine, and it's a new server. PoweEdge 2650.
    The only thing I have done in the past two weeks was to remove an old WINS server off line.  However, we currently have two WINS working properly.  DHCP and Clients all pointing to the new WINS.
    Any how, I have nothing else to go by... Hmmmmm...
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    Assisted Solution

    just a followup question on the free disk space. Do you have only 1 partition or are there more? If you don't change it by hand temporary spooling files are stored in your system partition (sysvol\system32\spool\printers). If you want to change the path for printer spooling you can do that by editing the registry:

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Printers.
    in the right pane you can change the value of DefaultSpoolDirectory to the drive and directory you want to spool the data to.
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    Accepted Solution

    Is the whole server running slow or just printing and access to it? How many printers are mapped to it and how many users are using it with what frequency? Do you need more RAM?

    One thing to do is clear all the leftover print jobs from %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers.  I even have a scheduled job to do that once a week on my print servers.

    Also, as rindi said you can move the spool folder to a different partition which could very well help.  However, I wouldn't recomend hacking the registry to do so.  It can also be done by opening the printers folder, clicking File, Server Properties, click the Advanced tab, and change the directory listed next to Spool folder:


    Author Comment

    I figured out what my issue was.
    My WINS database was corrupt and it was replicated to all other WINS.  The UNCLE path going to these printers was not working properly.  Yeah, Imagine that!
    Anyhow, I got a cleaned up and three more severs I will be fully Windows2K server and done with WINS.
    Any how thank you

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