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Are these symptoms of broadcast storm? Or more related to an individual server?

Last Modified: 2015-06-22
hi guys,

I posted yesterday regarding issues we have been having all week with people saving/opening to our file server. It is on a Windows 2003 Storage Server on an HP Proliant 380G5 with around 4GB of RAM and an Intel Xeon 2.33ghz. A SAN of around 15TB is connected directly with SAS cards to the back of this server.

This server has an IP of If we accessed the server directly from the console or even RDP/VNC to it, it would freeze momentarily and then let you continue working on it.

The biggest issue is that a network consisting of approximately 300 users all had issues saving/opening file to and from this location. Copying files of around 200mb to local desktops would take almost 1minute through our gigabit switches, something which usually takes a few seconds.

However, if I logged on to any other server on the network which was on the same range, it would literally take a few seconds to copy files to the desktop.  Some of the servers I tested from were also connected to the same switch as the one mentioned above.

My question is, would a broadcast storm every cause this? Or would a broadcast/switch issue cause you to have problems and slow speeds regardless of which server you accessed?

Does this issue mostly point to a specific server issue or would general network issues cause this also?

P.s - I logged on remotely to this file server and seeing as nobody is at the office today, it is absolutely fine? Hmmm....

Any ideas would be great.

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