Server Hesitation

By Lucas.Alexander ·
I have a network hesitation problem. My users complain of a hesitation in network performance usually during high workflow days. This hesitation is seen a workstation delay, delay in file access, and/or network app access.

Here are the Specs: 2 HP Prolient ML370 G4 Servers and 1 Dell PowerEdge 1500SC 25 XP SP2 Clients. 2 Linksys 48 Port Gigabit Switches. One of the HP servers is 2003 SBS SP1. It handles authentication (roaming profiles), Exchange, Files (office documents, QuickBooks Files), Apps (Prosystems - Practice, Tax, & Fixed Assets) Symantec CS. I have about 200GB of data. The other HP (2003 Standard) is a Symantec Continuous Protection Server. The Dell (2003 Standard): Webscense server, Domain controller. All the servers are all patched up except for SP2. The firmware is good.

What I have done so far. Installed the switches. Optimized the workstations. Started an ongoing process of file consolidation. Maintain updates on Apps. Consulted in Vendors to optimize Apps. Installed a backbone from SBS to CPS Server.

What I am thinking about doing: Remove roaming profiles. Install another server for Apps. I have thought about getting rid of the SBS and having A file server and an Exchange server.

I am open for cost effective solutions. I really notice the delay on high activity days. I can see it on any server. If you need more info let me know.

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by CG IT In reply to Server Hesitation

you don't mention how many users you have. This is an important consideration when evaluating where the SBS server has sufficent resources for the # of users you have.

Exchange is also another are that can cause poor network performance. If you installed exchange with the default values, again, the SBS server may not have sufficent resources [memory, processor and hard disks] to accomodate the # of users you have.

you can have 2 exchange servers on a SBS network, however you have to manually configure them to make them work properly. The wizards won't work with 2 Exchange servers in a front end back end configuration.

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