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how to detect NT network slowdown causes

By fredr ·
We have an all-NT network -- 1 Dell server (running Msoft Small Business Server 4.5), and 16 NT workstations, (128 MB RAM, running Office 97 and some DB app's). we have a new Intel 24 port 10/100 switch, and all the connections are 100 MBIT.

So...how do i discover why workstation performance slows down--sometimes? Outlook (2000) will just hang there for awhile, and come back in a minute or so, just as an example. another example--logging on can be very slow.

what tools can i use to see what's going on?

thanks!

fred

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by Dennis@l In reply to how to detect NT network ...

You can use the performance monitor that comes with NT server, if you can, use the one that comes with SMS cd.

If you have funds try HP openview, and Cabletron has a program called spectrum.

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by tjswann In reply to how to detect NT network ...

Make certain that browser wars are not occuring..., With that size network there should only be one Master Browser, the server. To stop any elections, stop the service on all workstations...,

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by fredr In reply to how to detect NT network ...
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by duchemine In reply to how to detect NT network ...

What I would do first of all is to check the workstations are all at 10MB and not at 100MB, and that the server is at 100MB full duplex.If not, try those settings, it should help!

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by fredr In reply to how to detect NT network ...
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by Kokan In reply to how to detect NT network ...

Does this apply to all workstations or just some? And when does it happen? Is there any pattern to the problem?

If it does boil down to network, I would check the switch first. This, because of delays in logging on. Confirm that ports on the switch are properly assigned.
But, in order to be on the safe side about the network - try copying a large file between the server and a workstation and time it. After that, you would have a clearer picture - network or not.

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by bsomogyi In reply to how to detect NT network ...

First off, if the workstations are Dell's also, you may be running into a problem we had at our company - The brand spanking new Dell OptiPlex GX1s that came in would exhibit similar behaviour until we found out that there was an issue with the 10/100 card installed in these workstations. Apparently, every so often they would get confused and try and renegotiate the speed of the link between themselves and the switch, resulting in miserable performance for up to a minute. Even if you don't have Dell's, I will give you the same suggestion, which is that you should turn off autonegotiation (since you have a switch, which will do store and forward for you, as well as the fact that you have all 100bt capable cards - negotiation is moot). You should configure each adapter to specifically be 100bt/full-duplex (if your switch can handle full-duplex - may as well take advantage if it can), and if you have a manageable switch, configure each port to be explicitly 100bt/full-duplex. This should eliminate any pr

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by fredr In reply to how to detect NT network ...

this did the trick!

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