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Windows 2003 file server.  Opening files from a network server share seams to be slower than usual.  Could defraging the volume be an answer.  It has never been done.  4years old
Tim DawsonIT ManagerAsked:
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It wouldn't hurt. Have you also tried a reboot to see if it speeds up? It could just be a lot of open files/sessions
Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I reboot once a month at least.  Do defrag come with any risk?
Check your network for any peer to peer sharing programs that may be running on a workstation. Also check that none of your workstations are sharing folders using "simple file sharing". Both of these conditions will slow down network traffic.
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I would do the following checks first before defraging:
- Ensure the NIC is running at the correct speed
- Ensure the DNS registration is correct in the AD DNS
- IF using RAID check to see if you have a disk failure - this will slow speed

Then defrag is the speed still slow - remember this will affect performance so doing it on the weekend is a good idea. Also you might find with 4 years of files, you might need to defrag it a couple of time.

This is probably a network or DNS problem as StuFox100 suggested, or peer-peer programs on your network, as skully suggested,  that take up a lot of bandwidth:

It could also be a microsoft update that is causing the problem. Without more details, it is hard to troubleshoot. What service pack are you running on your server? Are there any event viewer problems that can help us pinpoint your issue? Have you run a DCdiag to see if it can help us pinpoint the issue? I think we will need more input.

For the microsoft update I was talking about, you can look at the follwing article. The alternative fix and recommended fix is to update the server with Service Pack 2.;en-us;898060

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Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all.   I needed to check it all.
Feroz AhmedSenior Network EngineerCommented:
To Increase the speed ,you can configure your switch on that particiular port.
Tim DawsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I have never defraged the hard drive on this server.   It has 3 76G drives in raid 3 for 120G partion.  
Should I worry about the defrag process and how long should  it  take.
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