SBS 2003 unusably slow after SP2 install

Posted on 2008-10-21
Last Modified: 2008-10-28
I am running Windows Small Business Server 2003 for an office of about 10 people.  Recently, after trying to resolve a terminal services access issue with Quickbooks, access to the server through the console or terminal services became unusably slow, on the order of several minutes to load a profile or launch an application (I'm still waiting as I type).  Client access to the server, however, remained normal.  I may have started digging myself into a hole when noticing that related posts would point to SP2 as a culprit.  I have noticed that when I uninstall (back out of) SP2, then performance returns to normal, but I run into a host of other problems.  When I re-install SP2 from the Windows Update site, the unusable slowness returns.  I'm sure I'll have follow-on issues, but what is the best course of action for getting my server up to date on service packs (understanding that I may have to back out of SP2 again just to get access to the console)?
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by:Philip Elder
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Check here:

Download and install the RSS update to fix your problem. Make sure you NIC drivers are the most current too as that has caused problems too.


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No luck.  The NIC driver is up to date.  It's an Intel Pro 1000 XT Gigabit adapter, driver release date 11/7/2007, ver  I turned off RX and TX, IP and TCP offloading and segmentation, and made the appropriate changes to the registry for offloading and RSS.  Still very slow.  Incidentally, I did finish installing all the latest updates from the Windows Update site.
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Third party A/V? Trend, Symantec, etc.? Try turning it off? Firewall software product? Try turning it off.
Install Intel's latest driver: 13.1.1.

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Occasionally, it's the second or third page of Google hits that eventually finds you the answer.  Wouldn't you know the answer brought me back to this forum - System Crawls when Shell Hardware Detection Enabled (ID# 22107019).  Now I need to resolve my Outlook Web Access issue - Internal Server Error 500, but that might be for another post.  Thanks for the help!
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Rerun the Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard --> To Do --> Connect to the Internet.

500 is a certificate mismatch.


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