Windows 2008 Storage Server SP2 x64 - Slow Response, Slow Navigation
Posted on 2010-04-01
I have a new HP DL360 G6 storage server with Windows Server 2008 x64 Storage Server Edition SP2 installed. Other specs and software this server holds:
- 2 x Xeon E5530 CPUs
- 12 GB RAM
- 40 GB local disk (8 GB free)
- 5 TB iSCSI SAN volumes
- AV Kaspersky v6.0
- Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 Remote Agent (runs at night)
- Microsoft IIS (for some SAN email redirection)
Initially this server flew but now it's tough to do anything while logged in to the console or through Remote Desktop. Note: Using a networked client, working with the network shares/resources the server provides seems normal.
When I'm logged in, I notice significant wait times throughout, but some examples are when I even navigate through local C: drive (local RAID). Also when I click on something like the icon "New updates are available" for Windows updates, there can sometimes be a 15 second to minutes wait time to open! So Windows in general is bogged down by something...
I've been closely monitoring RAM (utilization, available RAM), CPU (utilization, processes, etc), and Local Disks (RW queues, IOPS, wait times) and I cant seem to find any bottle neck. (I may not be looking at the right stats though...)
Any suggestions on what I can do to help speed it up? I'm even considering reinstalling Windows fresh, but what a hassle...