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Performance Issue between Windows XP and Windows 2008 R2

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Hello,

I have an issue that we've been working for a while and we've narrowed it down to a problem between Windows XP and Windows 2008 R2. Here is the situation:

We have a client that is running in a mixed environment - Windows XP SP3, Window Vista, Windows 7, Windows SBS 2003, Windows 2003, and Windows 2008 R2.

The problem is that the Windows XP machines on the main office LAN are seeing very poor performance running applications and accessing files on the new Windows 2008 R2 server. Windows Vista and Windows 7 clients are not having these issues at all; they are running great.

What might be the cause of the poor performance between Windows XP and Windows 2008 R2?

Thanks,
Nathan
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by:BCipollone
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Have you tried the links on the first comment of this post?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Windows_Networking/Q_21060147.html
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Windows Vista and Windows 7 have more codebase share then XP does.

Also XP might not have required updates to communicate with newer operating systems.

I have windows server 2008 and I have 1 vista client, one xp client and another server 2008 client. The XP machine is sp2 and it is very slow as well. but the vista client is faster.

I suspect that vista and onwards have had more network optimizations done to them to make them faster.  You may want to see if there, by any chance are updates to the xp clients to fix this issue.

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also trying networking settings helps as well. as well as testing the network cabling and hardware.
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by:tbcnetinc
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Thanks All,

I've check the links in the reference article and none either applied or helped.

I've also checked for updates at this time; these machines are fully patched and at SP3 for XP.

We're now working with the vendor to determine if this could be an application specific issue versus Windows to Windows issue. I'll post more as I find out.

Thanks  Again,

Nathan
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Glad to see you return to the question. Thank you.
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All,

Thanks for your help. At this point, I'm going to close the question. Here is the solution we found has worked to resolve this problem.

1) Applied this MS knowledge base article fix - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297684
2) Applied Service Pack 1 for 2008 R2 Server

These were basically done at the same time in order to make a broad stroke fix as time was imperative to resolve for our client. Sorry I couldn't narrow it down more than this, but these were the last two items changed before the issue was corrected.

Also to note was that the applications on this server were ones that opened many smaller files and locked them outside of the windows lock. That is they wrote their own lock files to the directory to prevent other users in the application from opening them.

Hope this helps someone in the future.

Thanks,
Nathan
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Accepted my solution as the final solution.
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