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Slow access to network drives on 2003 server from XP desktops

Having an issue with windows XP desktops accessing shared drives on a 2003 SBS

For example \\servername takes about 30-40sec to display the list of shared drives. After the initial connection its fast for all the directories.
The same access from an attached 2008 server is instant when viewing the 2003 shares.

Its also effecting a network application which again takes 30-40sec for the first command but then works fine for subsequent commands until its left unused for a while

All information i have seen on this so far is to do with netware clients etc but thats not the case here.
Any help to point me in the right direction is appreciated

 
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Also is your anti-virus software scanning network drives or anything like that?  try disabling AV, see if that has an impact.
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Yes I agree with AC_Nova try spliting the folders and AV realtime scan should also be disabled.

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Thanks everyone for comments so far. I will be trying these over the next few days and will see what works.
also try changing 'view' in windows explorer. Use 'list view' instead of thumbnails because the process of creating a thumbnail for each of your files (specially image files) will decrease your bandwidth.

You might also want to make it permanent..
When you are on shared folder, go to 'View -> Customize this Folder'
Then choose as a template for the folder 'Documents (for any file type)' and make sure you have checked the box below saying 'Also apply this template for all subfolders'

Good luck :)
Not sure exactly which solution sorted it out in the end but thanks for all the suggestions