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Server is very sluggish due to various processes in task manager using CPU

Not sure what happened here.  We have a windows 2003 SBS which has been running very well.  We downloaded some windows updates and now a bunch of processes are acting very eradic jumping from 0 to 50% of the CPU usage.  It is causing the users to experience latency on exchange via outlook.  It has brought the server ot a crawl.  can anyone provide any assistance on how to rectify this?
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andrew_aj1Commented:
You can try uninstalling the updates. You did not provide much information, but doing that may help.
Good luck.
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thechaosrealmCommented:
What processes are proving the spikes? Do you know what each of the processes do?
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andrew_aj1Commented:
On Server 2003 SBS you do have Exchange, Active Directory, and Reporting and Monitoring running all together. Over time this machine may get overloaded. That could be your issue.
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PCNNYAuthor Commented:
One of the processes is SYSTEM and it jumps from 0 to 55 than back to 0 then back to 45 - it is random, but it definitely causing the latency spikes
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thechaosrealmCommented:
What kind of specs do you have on this system? On a Small Business Server you'll have the following processes running: Exchange Server (regardless of if you're using it), System and Error Reporting (regardless of if you're using it), IIS (regardless of if you're using it), SQL if it's a Premium server, not to mention Active Directory, DNS, WINS, hopefully DHCP and any other software you have installed.

Bare minimum RAM I recommend on any SBS is 2GB, I always sell them with 4GB to be safe.
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PCNNYAuthor Commented:
The problem just went away on its own.  Just sort of fixed itself.  It was strange.  Many processes were running randomly and then just stopped.
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