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Urgent: Win2K Servers behaving oddly

By Baadil ·
Hi,

I am having a very strange issues with my Win2K servers. I have two Win2K server in a singles domain and some clients. Both servers also run SQL. Terminal services is installed in remote administration mode. All of the sudden these server are showing extremely slow. When you are on these servers directly, it could take you 5-6 minutes just to open Windows Explorer. I can access all the applications and files from the network without and delay. Also, when I use terminal services to access these servers, I have no performance issues at all. All seems fine. It is only when I am directly on the server that they are slow.

Any ideas?

Thank you.

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by ewgny In reply to Urgent: Win2K Servers beh ...

Please supply more info, What processes are using up cpu and/or memory in your task manager.
Have you run performance monitor to determine any performance problems?
Look at these when you are logged on locally, and compare to when you are logged on remotely.
Post back the info

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by Baadil In reply to

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately this is a strange issue so I have very limited information. There is no process taking up much resources. Let's say you are opening up Windows Explorer, the whole system seems to be frozen for 4-6 minutes. While this is happening, if you do terminal services connection, everything seems normal. CPU usage is only 5-20%. Only app running on this server is SQL 2000. Accessing SQL remotly is also fast. Only console is slow. This whole network is isolated. Never connected to the internet.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Urgent: Win2K Servers beh ...

In addition to needing more info on your setup, I have to ask if these servers running SQL Server are patched with the SQL Slammer patch? Because, if the servers were infected with Slammer (it came out in Jan 2003 and brought down the entire COUNTRY of South Korea!), that could explain the slowdown.
The Slammer patch is a SQL Server patch. If your SQL Servers are running SQL Server Service Pack 3A, then they are patched. There is also a stand-alone Slammer patch.
Anyway, let us know.

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by Baadil In reply to

We suspected that even though this network is isolated from the internet, may be it is infected by a floppy etc. Upon performing virus scan (and McAfee Stinger) everything came out clean.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Urgent: Win2K Servers beh ...

Ok, so try this. What user account do you log into the server with? The Administrator account?
Try logging into the console with another account, but it must be a Domain Admin account. See if the Explorer shell is still slow or not.
Sometimes the Registry gets mangled on local profiles, so that when USERX logs into MACHINE1, things are weird, but USERY on MACHINE1 (the same machine), things are fine. Something in the local user profile portion of the Registry (HKCurrent_USer) is toasted.
Now, I am not real big on trying to find these type of things. It has never been worth my time to pinpoint the exact Registry branch that is mangled.
I just advocate a local profile deletion method. Here's what that means. If you log into your server with another account and it works fine, but the Administrator account is wacky, then you log in as the other account, go to Control Panel -> System -> User Profiles. You can then select the Administrator account and delete it.
Then log out of the server as the user, and then log back in as the Administrator. That will then build a new local profile on the machine, using the defaults. This creates a new HKCU Registry hive for the Administrator on the machine. And this, very often, fixes these weird Registry problems.
YEs, it is rather like using a bazooka to kill a mouse, but it does work.
Anyway, just my idea.

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by Baadil In reply to

We use several different login (All domain Admin) on these sytems and they all have the same issue. Deleting profiles did not make any difference.

Thank you.

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by Super_IT_Mom In reply to Urgent: Win2K Servers beh ...

Are any of your clients having any type of performance issues (ie, slow to respond)? I was having similar issues as you, but when I reloaded one of my "problem" clients (I knew I needed to reload this PC), it fixed the "slow to respond" problem I was having. Evidently, something was causing this client to hog the network bandwidth, which was corrected with the reload.

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by Baadil In reply to

All clients have fast access. Only the consoles are affected.

Thank you.

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by Baadil In reply to Urgent: Win2K Servers beh ...

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