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gigabit speed test

By vanlinks ·
I am trying to find out what is a realistic network transfer speed in ?mbps? between 2 servers running Windows 2003 on a HP Procurve 4104gl gigabit switch.

My test was transferring a 3g folder onto one server to another server. The test completed in 3 minutes and 14 seconds.

Based on my result, on a 1000 mbps network, I am getting only a 50 mbps results. Help me out here, is the number is way off the chart or this is normal?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

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How are NICs configured?

by gralfus In reply to gigabit speed test

How are the NICs configured? full duplex, or auto?

Are there any switches between the two servers, or are they directly connected with a crossover gigabit cable? Any switches will have to be rated as gigabit also, to get the speed.

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by vanlinks In reply to How are NICs configured?

First of all, thanks for the reply of my post.

To answer some of your questions, both nics are set to auto sense using default MS Windows 2003 driver. No, both servers are plug into the same HP Procurve 4104gl switch.

Would the age and the condition of the network cable would affected the speed?

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by DeN inc. In reply to

are you using CAT6 cables? cuz cat5 cables i would say could only reach upto 200mbps.

and I think that copying files that big would take a much longer time than expected cuz the OS needs to create temp files or so.(not too sure about that)

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Try setting speed manually

by gralfus In reply to

Try setting speed manually instead of autosense. We've had issues here with autosense not working so well. I don't have any experience with the Procurve, does it give any indication of the speed of the transfer (such as LEDs). And yes, the cable spec will make a difference, so you will want nice new prefab patch cords rated for gigabit.
(Fiber is a nice approach, but then the switch would have to be fiber as well. $$$)

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