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Win 98 client and Win2k server - slow

By robert ·
I am using Win98se as a client on a Win2k server network. We have migrated from NT4 server. The new hardware is a major step up in performance, however users are complaining thet the system is slow (significantly slower using the fox pro DB). Are there any tweaks in TCP/IP that can help. I would rather change the server settings than all of the clients.
I have had a similar experience using a Win2K pro client looking at a Win98 shared dir.

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by scott.cairney In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

One thing that might speed things up is are the NIC Cards using the default settings, ie auto detect on the speed and duplex, I have experienced greater throughput if you force it to the speed of your network, 100M or 10M, and and also force it to Full Duplex. The only problem is that to get the full benifit is that this must be done on both servers and client machines. Hope that this helps.

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

Hi, I had a similar problem, back a couple of jobs ago. The real problem is how Win2000 server handles the FoxPro DB, It is a DOS applications. Another question would be, what other Apps are running on this server? I would recommend that you place the DB program with a higher priority. This will give more CPU time for this program.

Another possibility, Win2000 also sets a default 'time-out' for network connections to about 15 mintues. At the end of that time, the connection is dropped, but the server keeps the files open. This causes slow-down problems when the user attempts to use the FoxPro program again.

Most of my documentation on this issue is at another location. If you have not fixed the problem, let me know and I will attempt to dig up the information.

Let me know.

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by robert In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

Bugs,
Thanks for the try. Yes Fox Pro has its base in DOS, however the specific application is a Win version. The problem is not limited to shared multi user DB applications - Fox Pro, Quick Books 2003, but file transfer, opening files on the server and directory updates. We migrated from NT4 server after server death (big mistake). How about timing differances - MTU, TTL etc.

The users are restless!!

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by tosh74 In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

If your folder is shared out then check your caching options. This can really slow down file access

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by jack In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

I had a similar problem when using newer hardware. The NICs default to "auto". This usually will be 100 mb full duplex. The problem comes in where the hubs may only be 10 mb or as I detected on my network, aa lot of CAT 3 cabling. My hubs were good for 100 mb so the NICs defaulted to that speed, but the CAT 3 cables could not. This puts out a lot of errors on the network that make it look "slow" to the users. Try turning down the NIC speed to 10 mb half duplex.

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by robert In reply to Win 98 client and Win2k s ...

No points for any one. NIC's anr manually set. Caching on-off had no effect. Win2K client does not exhibit same problem. Some one wants to force an upgrade of the clients on us. We went to Linux and the problem is solved. How long is my middle finger Redmond? Never agin!!!!

RTB

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