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I have an asp.net 3.5 web application running on Windows Server 2003.  There is one section that makes use of DHTML (for tabs and other dynamic features) plus .NET Charting.  On two Windows Server 2003 boxes, this particular section is very slow.  However, locally for devs, and on other 2003 boxes, it works fine.  

On one day, someone will see a specific performance issue in that section.  On the next day, another person won't.  However, there are consistent performance issues across all people.  Everyone is accessing through intranet.  These Server 2003 boxes are Terminal Servers.  There must be a configuration issue causing this, rather than anything actually in the code base right?

What is a good place to start in narrowing down potential issues and figuring out the problem?
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by:b_levitt
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Because so far I've heard dhtml and charting I would start with an http proxy like fiddler to see which browser request is the culprit (asp.net file vs a resource file the html is requesting like the chart)

http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/

Identify that and write back.
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Using Fiddler, on one particular tab that takes the longest to load, I see only an aspx page in Fiddler for the request.  Whereas, all the other tabs also load PNGs and sometimes JS.  From this, I'd think this one tab should be the fastest, yet it is the slowest.

What else should I look at?
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I mostly wanted to make sure the chart component wasn't the bottle neck.

What does this aspx page do for this tab?  Does it access the database?  Does it have any for/while loops?  Is it sending a large amount of data?

If it's an option to cut external traffic to one of these servers than you could remote debug and step each line of code, looking for long delays.  if that's not an option you could add trace lines (Trace.Write i think) and enable tracing on the page to try to isolate where the slow part is.
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Thanks for the suggestions.  They point me in the right direction.
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