windows file sharing bandwidth usage
Posted on 2012-09-13
I have windows server 2008 ent edition domain with win 7 clients. From time to time I check on the usage of my wireless network, the top bandwidth is consumed by 'Windows file sharing' (in gigs of data). The description of this usage is 'Windows file sharing, TCP over port 137, 138 and 445'. Why is so much bandwidth is alone consumed everyday by this file sharing. I am sure my clients and server share the shared folders, but not that much of usage everyday.
One article on the internet was mentioning to disable 'NETBIOS over TCP/IP from all the NICs of the file sharing servers' (not sure if this would help. I would like my clients to atleast see the shared foldres on my servers but at the same time I would want my least amount of bandwidth used over the wireless nodes.
Help please. What and how this situation can be tackled?