Slow to open network folder on first request
Posted on 2009-04-10
I'm on a network with multiple PC's and Macs running everything from Linux and OS X to multiple flavors of Windows (2000, XP Pro, Vista Business). They ALL connect to a Windows Server 2003 box that hosts a shared folder. We use a simple authentication where all the accounts are created on the Server 2003 box (non-domain controlled).
Every time a machine attempts to connect to the Server 2003 folder it will take 15-30 seconds for the initial connection to be made. Once the connection is made all is fine - everything runs smooth and fast. Maybe 15 minutes of inactivity or the machine is restarted then the delay returns and it reconnects and its back running again.
This delay is causing headaches for much of our team as they forget to save for a while on a big file and it will break their work flow. ALL patches are made on the 2003 server (as of this Tuesday) and multiple registry edits have been changed (then unchanged) to try and get this to work. I've swapped network switches and ethenet cards in the box server 2003 box and nothing seems to help. I'm not sure if this is an active directory issue or a TCP/IP issue or what just looking for ideas to try.