Slow stumbling E2003 Server

Posted on 2006-11-27
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
Hi all,

For some reason today that I can't figure out my Exchange server at home seems to be performing really badly.

I takes a good 2-4 second delay when looking through email on an Outlook Client, and if you jump onto the server it keeps pausing now and again for a few seconds before it works again for about 10 seconds, then another 2-4 second pause.

I can't see anything in the event log, and all hardware seems to be fine.

Exchange and email works fine, it just pauses (i.e. no loss of connectivity)

Server is Windows server 2000 and Exchange is 2003 all patched upto date.

ANy advice for bug hunting or analysis would be useful


Question by:Nicola_Bourne
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Exchange server at home? I thought it was only geeks like me who did things like that.

Ran the best practises tool on it?
Performance analyser?

What does task manager show on the server? Is something thrashing the disks?
Ran a perfmon on the server?

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HeHe thanks Simon,

I found running the server at home was the best way for me to 'try' and learn it - clearly failed there then!

I will run both those tools above, CPU doesn't seem to be being eaten, and the disks aren't being thrashed either - it may just be a OS issue, but I initially discovered the problem via the Outlook client on my desktop so I jumped the gun and posted here first.

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I have run Exchange servers at home for a number of years, currently have two active (Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007) with a number of others dormant in virtual machines if I need to refer to them.
The only problem with running at home is that you aren't on server spec kit. I run mine on Dell Precision Workstations which is about as much as I can justify for them. Therefore you get odd things happening. I made an error of choosing a column on a folder with 45,000 messages in it yesterday. Brought the machine to a halt for five minutes while it processed it. Had it been a server spec machine with a lot more horsepower then it would be fine.

What I am trying to say is that you need to expect to see some odd things happen, you just get used to them on your home systems.


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