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By jonhunt2 ·
In Windows 2000 server, I have added Terminal Services for two remote stations to login. Now the screen saver does not move smoothly. Server is PIII 1GHz L2-256K, 133 Bus with 512 MB RAM running. Server is used for PacWare database application for about 15 users. It also runs Symantec Antivirus small Bus. It is the PDC, runs DNS, DHCP, etc. (single server environment). I increased RAM to 1024 MB. Users complain of slightly slower response in the afternoons, but still workable. CPU utilization stays around 95-100%. There is an empty CPU socket 370, so I thought I would add a second CPU. My processor says Pentium III SL5DV on the chip. Do I need to match these numbers? or is 1000/256/133 enough??

Thanks,
Jon

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by willcomp In reply to Adding second processor

What I (and MS) recommend is a separate, dedicated server for terminal services. See link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/

I don't believe a second CPU will be of much help in your case.

Dalton

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by glyall In reply to Adding second processor

the CPUs have to be from the some lot number.
you will have to replace the old CPU too

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Adding second processor

well, if i had one lying around, i would research if it were possible to a second processor via Add New Hardware or something at support.microsoft.com
i would sure system files backup first and i would handle that first procesor with great care...i probably wouldn't have stomach for it at all actually...
you sure the processor is the (only) bottleneck? you can shotgun this thing all day, better to pin it down for sure.
maybe double the ram again. oops, ahem. i love shotgunning. ram less dangerous to attempt than processor imho. i am chicken.
you may need to adjust or 'tune' pacware db engine config (which begs question of: what engine?) to use the additional ram. see mfg website for performance tuning. what is happening in the afternoon? remote logins? heavy reporting? heavy data entry by lots of simultaneous users? antivirus updates? windows updates running? backups beginning? database maintenance? defragging? is the stuff going on inside or outside lan? you sure the server is the bottleneck. anything else working hard? they complain of slightly slower what? login response? db response? is that when lots of db access and activity? anything in event log?
turn off all unnecessary services. see support.microsoft.com for what you need to leave on. what processes/services/applications exactly are running during this time of high processor utilization. what is in event logs at that time. plot events vs time. tune all for performance carefully based on research at support.microsoft.com.

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