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SBS 2003 SP2 very slow

Hello everybody,
last week I install the sp2 on the sbs 2003.
Then I install a network card (http://www.beronet.com/product/the-berofix-mainboard-pci-or-pcie/).

Since then the server is very slow. Could be that the reason is SP2 or the network card?

The PF Usage is between 2,5-3,00 GB .
 

Server Information:
Dell - PowerEdge 1900
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
for Small Business Server
Service Pack 2
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU
E5310 @ 1.60 GHz
1.60 GHz, 4.00 GB of RAM
Exchange 2003 and SQL Server 2005 are running on the server.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Download the SBS 2003 BPA: www.sbsbpa.com.

Run it and allow it to update.

Follow all of the instructions for fine tuning the NIC/Network setup.

Things should speed up. There are a lot of SP2 related issues that can kill an SBS 03's performance.

Philip
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NetfloCommented:
Explain slow?

Slow as is applications such as exchange take a while to open on the actual server?
Slow as in transferring files to and from the server or opening docs on the server?
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Also, you may need to run the CEICW again after changing the NIC. SBS Console --> To Do --> Connect to the Internet.

Philip
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skiaholicAuthor Commented:
The server is slow when I want to open something in it all applications etc.
I will install BPA I hope it helps.

Yesterday I shutdown the server and unplug the Berocard. Then I start it and it works faster..
I have looked into the forum of Berofix if there are known issues with SBS2003 but there are neither..
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NetfloCommented:
I did a quick search on the Windows Server Catalog site http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/ and it appears that your hardware is not certified to run with Windows Server.

Can I ask why you are opting to run this card as opposed to Intel or Broadcom? SBS will also only use 1 NIC or 2 NICs in gateway mode, all other NICs should be disabled or the BPA will highlight that as an issue.

If you wish to use multiple NICs you should be looking to implement Windows Server 2003/2008/R2 variants not SBS variants.

Hope that helps answer your question.
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skiaholicAuthor Commented:
OK first I see there where 3 Network Connections: Bero + 2xLAN but one LAN was just like a copy of the other was not in used but there was standing "unplugged". I removed it and after a research I see that sbs 2003 just can have max. 2 network cards.

Yet the server is like a little bit faster.. We need the Bero because we want to use 3CX (Phonesystem) and Bero was listed there than we choose the Bero PCI Card.
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NetfloCommented:
Glad to have provided clarification on the NICs.

Though you may be able to make this configuration work with multiple NICs on a SBS platform, you should know that your configuration will not be supported.

Should you encounter a problem and require the help of Microsoft Support they will most definitely ask you to do disable all other NICs or may not assist till you get your server back into a supported configuration.

You should be really looking towards a full blown Windows Server platform as a future platform, to ensure everything works as expected.
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skiaholicAuthor Commented:
Finally our server runs well again.

The biggest problem was, that Exchange was configured to allow relaying. We changed this configuration (google for "prevent exchange from relaying") in Exchange system Manager, SMTP settings for "Authentication" and "Relay Restrictions". Also we had to clean the queue which was full of probably spam.

The other things were: uninstall not needed SW, but also unneded HW as mentioned some comments ago by Netflo. Thanks for your help.
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skiaholicAuthor Commented:
Sorry for not closing, thanks to all for  helping. please see my last comment how we solved the problem.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The default SBS configuration does not allow relaying, so it would be hard pressed for us to figure out that someone went beyond the default configuration and opened things up to the world in that manner. :)

Go here: www.mxtoolbox.com
Put your server's MX IP in there. Test.
Go to work getting that IP removed from all of the RBLs it is probably on.

From there, I suggest a third party spam filtering and continuity service that the MX points to. Then set up an SMTP publishing rule on the edge device to only allow SMTP outbound from SBS and only allow SMTP inbound from the provider's servers.

Make sure that the service provider allows Smart Hosting. You can then forward all mail from SBS to their servers to the Internet to avoid RBLs. Make sure that the domain's SPF is updated to reflect the provider's domain.

Philip
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skiaholicAuthor Commented:
see last comment how we solved the problem
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