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

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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 192.168.11.35/24. 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.

Cheers
Yashy
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