Increase Network Speed.

We have hosted 3-4 data files on our sbs 2003 server for different application used by users, one of the application is responding slow and is running slow do we have anything which can increase our network speed.

server has 2 xeon quad processors, 4 gb ram, gigabit i/o accelarated card.
gullia_in1Asked:
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PeteJThomasCommented:
It would depend what equipment you have the server and the rest of the clients patched in to! You cannot utilise the gigabit NIC unless it's connected to a gigabit port on the switch, and this wouldn't be particularly useful if the clients only have 10/100 NICs in them.

Can you confirm the network equipment in use?
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bradleys40Commented:
are the users on a lan? what is the speed of your ports on you switches?
what is the speed of the card ion the users machine? are there any bottlenecks on you network?
your server may be fine but if the network infrastructure in place is slow then you need to look at this area
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
how do I check for bottle necks in the network. is there any software available.

i use a netgear 10/100 gigabit port switch, but when i turned my server network adapter to auto gigabit it stopped responding, then I turned it back to auto and it flashed for 1 sec '1gb connected' but when i tested it again it showed 100mbps connection.

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bradleys40Commented:
are you sure it is a gigabit switch normally it would state 10/100/1000 for gigabit
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bradleys40Commented:
there is software out there but you should be able to see by looking at your network design if there are bottle necks
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
that what is confusing me also since it says 10/100 with gigabit ports.

how do i check for bottlenecks?
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PeteJThomasCommented:
It may be a 10/100 switch with perhaps 1 - 4 gigabit ports on it (usually separate to the rest of the ports on the switch).

Anyway this is kind of irrelevant if the client machines don't have Gigabit NICs in them - You have to imagine that generally speaking, network traffic can only move as fast as the slowest component allows.
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bradleys40Commented:
if you server is not connected to the gigabit port then this would cause an issue
for example
 4 users connect to switch via 100 mbps port server connects via 100 mbps therfore users can achieve 25 mbps connections to server this is not exact but an example some can use more when available
if  server connected via didabit then users "could" achieve 100mbps (never would because of other uses of network etc etc)
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PeteJThomasCommented:
What model of Netgear switch is it?
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BasheerptCommented:
Also check the network patch cable you connected from server to the switch. Use good quality cable like Avaya or systimax etc.
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BasheerptCommented:
Also, you may consider to 'team' your NICs in the server, if the server is equipped with two internal identical NICs and connect them to an aggregated link in the Switch. This will open double bandwidth from server to switch upon the client's requests. Refer the switch manual whether it supports for 'link aggregation' on the gigabit ports. Also check the server's capability too.

Regards
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
guys, thanks for your good feedbacks and i'll try changing the patch cable, putting up a new switch and yes there are 2 NIC's on the server which i think should be helpful with double bandwidth.

please let me know if anything more is required.

thanks
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bradleys40Commented:
Just a note to remember "the infrastructure is at least as important as the server spec"
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
Bradley, could you please explain what do you mean by infrasturcture importance.
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bradleys40Commented:
the cabling switching network cards etc
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
sure, thanks.
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bradleys40Commented:
are you going to close this question?
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
Yes after I'll configure my settings this friday.
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
i have changed my config i.e. netgear switch gs724t, cat 6 belkin cables from server to switch and have changed the adapter cards on workstations so all are running on 1gbps on cat 5e cables.

now only problem left is link aggregation or team up, can you guide me on how to team the two internal NIC's on the server.

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BasheerptCommented:
Would you please tell me which server model you have again?
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
I have a clone system with 2 X quad xeon, 4 gb ram and Intel® PRO/1000 EB Network Connection with I/O Acceleration and i think intel Server board S5000VSA.

 
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gullia_in1Author Commented:
only I could know how to team NIC or bridge them in sbs 2003
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