periodic slow response on new server
Posted on 2011-03-06
Added new server to my newrork. A custom build, much more capacity and speed than a PC-class machine that it replaced. Expected everything to be noticalbly faster and some things are but something seem to freeze it up for a long time, simple things, like, for example, opening a small RTF file in Word (file in a Home directory on the server; Word local to the client). This could take a minute or more, and used to be near instantaneous on the previous, lower capacity server. Then it will be OK for a while. Even a small startup BAT file, that doen't do much more than map some drives is taking noticably longer, and should, I think, fly by so fast that it's just a blip on the taskbar. It might be taking a full minute.
All I can think of is that some process is running every now and then, and at a higher priority than on the previous machine.
It's a fairly plain vanila Server 2003 machine, 1 TB drive, 3 GB RAM, small to modest data files, and just two server based apps, our membership and financial database and our room scheduling system. Only 20 users max and most of the time fewer.
I'm also running Exchange 2003, but it is still on a PC-class machine that is functioning as a 2003 server.
I don't even know where to start looking. Seeking suggestions of things to check please.
Ron Hicks, Washington DC