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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--8/10/00

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A network administrator passes along this puzzle. He's baffled, because he hasn't seen any improvement in performance on his five-user Windows 2000 network after increasing server RAM from 64MB to 128MB. That should be plenty of memory for such a small network, but he isn't seeing the performance gains he expected; in fact, his network seems to be running slower than before. How can this TechRepublic member figure out where his memory is being used up? Are Windows 2000's performance monitoring tools enough, or should he invest in third-party tools?

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by RonnonF In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I think task monitor and performance monitors should be enough.

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by DC1 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Performance Monitor is really all the admin will need. 128mb really isn't that much of an improvement for NT server especially if he is utilizing Active Directoy and this is the only server in the forest.

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by zbrain75 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

You said nothing about the hardware your network administrator is using. Did he add quality memory? Is his server hardware compatible with Microsoft's Windows 2000?

Beyond making sure the server is using quality hardware, Windows 2000 performance monitoring tools should be enough to determine whether his system really has performance problems.

He should also consider whether his performance problem is a network problem. What kind of network is he using? Is it a token ring network, ethernet, or some other architecture? What is the speed of his network? Could one station that is not his server on the network be slowing it down? He may want to do some network monitoring to be sure his slowdown is not a network problem. He should be sure there is no network interference from a malfunctioning NIC.

He should also consider how his network is being used by the users. What kind of applications are being run? Are they run on the server or client side? How memory and CPU intensive are they? How

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by wpatrey In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Increasing server RAM will only help if the Server RAM was Maxed out. You can use the monitoring Tools to figure it out fast by selecting the right parameters to watch. Unfortunately, it could be many things but if you think it is related to the Server RAM try assigning more memory to the network card.
Find your network card's IRQ (from adaptor properties in the network properties window)
open the system.ini file
add Irq[n]=4096 (where n is the network card IRQ) to the 386enh section

This will assign RAM to your network card so that even if you have a shortage of memory your netwi\ork card won't.

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by yorkster In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

It doesn't sound like ram was the bottle neck in the first place. I would set up performance monitor to log a number of objects to determine where his bottle neck is. first I would remove the added in ram so that I could find a basic performance matrix, then I would add the ram back in and log the same objects to see where the bottle neck is.

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