I have a windows 2003 domain. Recently my users have been reporting decreased performance inside of Windows on their desktops.
Especially when using word and excel to navigate through shares on our file server. Even changing the drive the applications look in from C to P (P being a mapped share) or vice versa can take up anywhere from 5-10 seconds. It randomly hangs when when trying to open folders within those drives, it eventually opens but there is a major delay. It is something I have seen replicated on several workstations now and am not sure what to attribute it to. The file server is not under any kind of load. I've used perfmon to monitor the performance of it and it seems fine. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
All workstations are configured to automatically search for network devices and shares and office apps have been optimized for accessing files from the network. Could this be active directory related?