Network shares locking up and slow

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have two shares on my work PC \\NIJ3600 for access to my d drive and work Desktop at home via Citrix.

All had been working well for some time but lately problems with slow response to network shares or lockup has been occurring.

But Citrix is  a red herring. I can demonstrate the share problems on NIJ3600 itself.

Strangely the shares sometimes work. If one does a directory on D drive e.g. \\NIJ3600\D_Drive - a full list of files and folders quickly appear. However if one asks to see the contents of a sub-folderon that share  or another share e.g. \\NIJ3600\Desktop - the system freezes - maybe after a very wait it will respond.

If one had tried Desktop share to start - it would have responded quickly while D_Drive would have frozen. The opposite pattern.

OS is XP Professional 32 bit SP3, NIC driver is latest from for Dell Optiplex 980.
Question by:nrmwbrook
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    Expert Comment

    windows file sharing is never great over anything less than LAN speeds (which you would be getting...)

    is your vpn connection solid? are you using wireless at home - how good is your connection there?

    Author Comment

    The connection at home is 8Mbps ADSL, cable ethernet and stable  - but that's not really relevant.

     I can replicate the issue on another computer in the next room at work AND on my actual shared PC itself by using the UNC naming - so doing a directory listing on \NIJ3600\D_Drive for a listing on D:

    As I discuss above - once a directory listing for one UNC view is performed - the next view will be very slow or freeze totally
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    Expert Comment

    Look at your PDCe for event log errors in the system logs within the 8000's...
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    Accepted Solution

    this may not sound relevant but you might want to do a disk check for errors or corruption starting on the server partition

    if you can setup wireshark or network monitor you could also do a packet capture and see if there's something weird happening ..extra chatter or whatever.

    Author Closing Comment

    Network monitoring shows that my LAN segment is now slower to respond after some network reconfiguration. A workaround is for me to use another server.

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