+ 0 Votes what about from the LAN side? Rob Kuhn 1 year ago How is it from the LAN side when it starts to bog down from the outside? Are you seeing the same thing or are things normal? + 0 Votes update xcabal12 1 year ago i have set up an external monitor setup to find out where the issue is. i have changed the ports for rdp, hopefully i will find out where the problem is. i will post update once i have enough information. + 0 Votes At night? Rob Kuhn 1 year ago Do you have anything happening on that server at night? Virus scans, defrag job, backup job or some other scheduled task? Something that could perhaps not only be causing the server to bog down and/or perhaps cause a memory leak? Is there anything running in the background? + 0 Votes Hm. Rob Kuhn 1 year ago It almost sounds like you're suffering from a DoS attack (Denial-of-Service). I don't know how easy or hard it is for you to do but one thing you can try is changing the public IP address and see how it goes. If you go that route, I might suggest you change the internal IP address too just in case the DoS attacks are actually coming from the inside of your firewall. But before you go through that aforementioned hassles, when connecting from the outside, do you have to establish a VPN connection first? Or do you just have the port open? If the later I would *strongly* suggest you close that port and put in a VPN connection. Even if it's just the Microsoft RAS/PPTP (it's real easy to setup and you can secure it). + 0 Votes Thought gdeangelis 1 year ago Have you logged in from the console and examined CPU and running tasks? Any new software, or changes recently ? I'd look at getting it off the network entirely for the same amount of time it would take to have issues normally, then access it from a laptop and a crossover cable. Like Rob mentioned above, you can at least isolate the problem. A good scan might turn up some goodies too! Anyone leaving term sessions up and running? This can chew up CPU. Also, when you boot the server, do you see any errors reported in post like CPU or memory? Maybe a fan failure? + 0 Votes Remote Desktop Connection Configuration supm1ke 1 year ago Have you tried adjusting the connection settings on the Remote Desktop software itself before connecting? You may want to at least adjust it to something other than a LAN Connection to save in the network draw. Also, is this happening around the same time or does it vary? + 0 Votes Monitor ports gdeangelis 1 year ago Have you tried netstat or http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html to show ports in use? Also not sure what firewall you have or if you have access to it, but if your firewall has software to monitor like Cisco asdm, you could use that with both inside and outside addresses for the server and see if there is a DOS or something else going on. Maybe it's a virus or malware going out. I know you mentioned logs before, so if you were referring to the firewall, I apologize for the repetition. The real time GUI can be a big help. If nothing else you can rule out traffic from the outside, and you can let it run for a while to capture what's going on before the crash, so to speak. + 0 Votes Good suggestions... Rob Kuhn 1 year ago Everyone who has replied have left some good basic suggestions to check out. Since it sounds as if you have the RDP port open in your firewall, I would close that port immediately and put up some sort of VPN. As mentioned, the Microsoft RAS/PPTP is easy and can be setup fairly quickly. Even if this doesn't clear up the problem, you would have at least secured, IMHO, a major security hole! What is this server's role? In other words why do people RDP to it? Knowing the role of the server may help us isolate the problem even more. + 0 Votes update xcabal12 1 year ago i have set up an external monitor setup to find out where the issue is. i have changed the ports for rdp, hopefully i will find out where the problem is. i will post update once i have enough information.