MUST improve W2K3 domain performance asap!!!
Posted on 2006-06-14
Hello oh wise experts :)
I just implimented a W2k3 AD server on a domain of about 50 workstations. (First month on the job... I upgraded the network from a Win98 "server"... not kidding.)
Anyway, network performance is unacceptable. I've got to speed up this network, and I'm out of ideas.
Win2k3 SP1 w/ AD... 4GB RAM ... 2.5Ghz CPU x2
RAID 5 7200RPM HDD
Hybrid wired/wireless network.... really only wired, though. Wired is CAT5e throughout.
About 50 workstations... all Win XP Pro SP2
Gateway setup... WAN -> modem -> NetGear FVS338 firewall -> NetGear switch -> LAN and server
(there are a couple of hubs far downstream... but I don't think they are the factor.)
Server is DHCP, DNS, WINS, File, and Print server. No web or terminal services... yet.
Also, what should I be looking for in the Performance monitor? I'm watching Avg Disk Queue, Datagrams Rec/Sec, and Datagrams Sent/Sec... but I don't know how bad is bad... nothing to relate it to.
Thank you so much for your help... the users are starting to get ticked!