xp pro workstations with nt 4.0 server

Posted on 2006-05-26
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a windows nt 4.0 server. The problem is whenever i access files on the server from xp pro workstations it is slow. The xp pro machines are brand new and there are 4 with this problem.
I have changed my switch and even network card in one of the systems. Printing thru a hp jetdirect is also slow. I have older 98 systems that are okay. The file that is the slowest is a lotus approach database  file.

I have one xp pro workstation that does workwell and fast . I put one of the none working systems in its place and it was still slow. This eleimantes network wire problems or switches.

I have firewall tuned off on xp pro systems

I have web services off on xp pro systems

I have automatically search for network folders and printers unchecked on xp pro systems
Question by:ronnicoll
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    Expert Comment

    Is it ONLY access to the file server which is slow?  Email is fine?  Internet browsing is fine?

    Author Comment

    Yes e-mail and internet browsing is fine
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    Expert Comment

    Hi ronnicoll,

    have you got netbios enabled? this may be worth having a look at, how slow are we talking here?

    Author Comment

    Yes netbios is enabled.

    When opening the approach database they have to wait 5 seconds compared to other xp pro machines that
    open the database instantly

    also on the slow machines printing takes 30 seconds

    The one difference with the fast systems and slow is the motherboard

    asrock fast
    abit slow

    I have tried new networkcards on the abit boards but no go.

    On Monday i am changing the motherboard just to see.
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    Expert Comment

    Is the NT server service packed up to 6a & with ie 6? I'd get it up to that level if not.

    I'd probably try setting the nic speed/duplex manually on the server too.

    You could also check to see if packet signing is enabled on the workstations. Maybe worth turning it off to see if it helps the problem.


    Author Comment

    I have solved this problem myself.  It was  shared printers on  each xp pro machine.  Once the shared printer was
     removed  from  each xp pro system the network performance was back to normal. We will install print servers instead.
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    no complaints

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