How to "health check" and optimize a windows network?
Posted on 2012-03-12
I have a customer that has a network - nothing fancy - one PC acts as a server, and everyone reads/writes/deletes from each of the 6 PC's. Aside from each persons data, there is also a shared microsoft access database that only resides on the server, and each person opens and closes it from their own pc.
The server is running windows vista home premium. The pcs are running xp.
The network is becoming unreliable - sometimes its prompting username and passwords to access the server, etc.... Plus there have been power failures.
How do I troubleshoot this network? and optimize it? Some are using "shared folders" and some are using "virtual drives" to point to the server... Which is best?
Any steps anyone could recommend to follow?