Network Questions looking for answers
Well I currently have an office network with 9 computers and server. The server is running win server 2003 and I think a Intel Xeon processor of some type. The clients are a mix of older XP machines with what I think is 10/100 ethernet ports in the back. The wiring is Cat 5 (maybe 5e?). There is a Symantec VPN100 firewall (10/100), and a linksys 24 port switch (10/100). I am currently adding some new clients with (10/100/1000) ethernet ports.
I think the network runs slow. My questions are, What is the slow part of the network? Is it the clients, the server, the hardware (Lan ports on the clients and the Linkysys 24 port switch), or what? Maybe it is just the old clients can't process the data quick enough? If I switch the hub out to one that allows gigabyte speed will I see any difference? Would the firewall be slowing the system down? What are the "usual suspects"?
Any thoughts are appreciated.
Well I don't know that much about networking, but I do know that if your ISP is slow then it won't matter what your PCs or server is running because it can only go as fast as what the ISP will allow. if there is a way to check from the server outwards then do that to make sure that it isn't just a setting on your server.
hmm, define slow for me.
like transferring a certain amount of data from one workstation to the other or..? :)
I'm assuming that your problem is with slow throughput *within* the LAN.
You need to get some actual performance numbers from the network.
QCheck will quickly tell you the maximum theoretical point-to-point throughput:
Qcheck - Free Network Benchmark Utility » IxChariot™
Then transfer a number of large files between *different* systems (server -> XP, XP -> XP, etc) and see what actual throughput you're getting (use PERFMON or Task Manager) and if they vary.
If throughput is low, try a direct connect with crossover cable between the server and another system (or 2 XP if that's easier), if direct connect is fast then problem likely lies in network hardware. If direct connect still slow try again with clean boots on both systems.
does that tell you anything?
I gues the slowness issue is opening the program and opening the database and perhaps they are 2 separate things. All I know is when I click on somethign I want the bugger to do somethign and I want it to do it yesterday.
1. replace that linksys switch with something more geared towards business class (something from Netgear (prosafe) or HP Procurve)
2. Slow is this internal lan network speed or access to the internet. Also there is no harm in mixing gigabit with 10/100. Also i would check the cables to make sure they are in good condition.
3. Finally i would also check your firewall to make sure it not doing some funky on your network.
If the speed complaint is due to a slow access to a database it may not be the network at all. It could be the server. SQL databses are fairly intesive and benefit from a RAID 10 Configuration with lots of spindles. (ie disks)
What model is the Linksys switch? As I've said in the earlier message, a direct connect with a crossover cable will quickly tell if the problem lies with the network hardware.
for all we know it's the desktops... (mix of XP machines???)
like dangtx said: "slow what?"
slow internet? slow office 2003? slow copying files from network shares?
"Xeon" something doesn't give us any chance in hell of helping you either.
send a few gigs around and see where it slows down...if its on the outside, then take one unit and put it directly on the naked side.
then start with firewall,still no slow down?
take it with baby steps and youll get there.
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