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Sir, I have a windows 2K advanced server running on HP Proliant ML350 G3. The problem is my network neighborhood does not open quickly. Same problem with control panel. It take a long time to open maybe 45 mins to 1 hour. I have uninstalled all the HP tools but installation takes place only through safe mode. Symantec Antivirus is also loaded on the same server. Please help.

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Application startup on a server can be slow, but an hour is ludicrous.
If server has internet connection, my first guess would be a trojan, or other adware resource hog. Straight AV software is not likely to detect this. Suggest try Adware, or Spybot, free downloads to check this. Also HijackThis, but you will need help to analyse results, there are web sites where you can have this done.
If not on internet, may just be that you are overloading server. You have not given details of Configuration, or software installed without which you will not get much help.
Two things to try though :
1) Try changing setting in performance options (System) to give priority to applications rather than services, not normally a good idea, but will make it easier for you to investigate problem.
2) Try swithing off some services, to see which are causing problems. Task manager should give you some idea of where the problem lies. Could be all you need is some more memory, still quite cheap, even for Proliant.

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  • HatcherBob
    Need more info to really help narrow it down... What applications are you running on the server? How much memory? Does it have more than one CPU? Have you scanned for spyware? Have you installed any additional (third party) hardware? When did the problem start. Was it always like that or did you just come in one morning and find everything runniing slow?
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    Need more info to really help narrow it down... What applications are you running on the server? How much memory? Does it have more than one CPU? Have you scanned for spyware? Have you installed any additional (third party) hardware? When did the problem start? Was it always like that or did you just come in one morning and find everything runniing slow?
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  • Johare22
    I know the information you provided is somewhat limited but I suggest looking at mynetwork places are the links and file shares current or do you have a lot of old junk that is no longer valid. If you have old nonexistant file shares or other links the system will wear itself out trying to open each and everyone until it gives up and moves on. Depending on how out of date the system is it could take some significant time to resolve.
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  • Sonyfreek
    Are your "Computer Browser", "Server", "Workstation", and "Network Connections" running? I've noticed that they not running them when you are attempting to open the network neighborhood can slow things down to a crawl. Still, it's never taken an hour to do it, but I'd go so far as saying at least 10 minutes. HTH, SF
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  • Bmccracken
    I known this is a hard one to trouble shoot, but I would check the DNS to see that it is correctly setup and working, after that see if there is a master browser causing a problem.....
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  • Snurd342
    You might take a look in task manager to see what processes are running and if anything is eating up a lot of memory. Trying to connect to a dead resource can cause Network Places to be slow, but probably not control panel. My guess would be something hogging the memory.
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  • Stevesz
    I also feel taht you have a memory leak in one of your processes taht is running, however, it could also be a program or service hogging your CPU cycles. When you bring up task manager, go to the processes tab and then sort by the CPU column to see what may be using what percentage of CPU cycles.If you see one eatin gall or most of your cycles, you have probably found the culprit and can then determine why it is using al those cycles. If you do not see enough cycles being used to add up to 100, or very close, then you have a hidden process dong it, and you should start scnning your machine for virus, worm, trojan, spyware, etc. A server should not have any spyware on it since you only need to use th ebrowser for patching or KB lookups. Another place to look are your event logs. Sny errors or warnings there can give you a clue as to what may be happening. Steve//
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  • ELPUEBLO
    I had a problem simular to this. It may be a DNS issue. If your DNS server is not onsite (i.e you're using an internet DNS # instead of an intranet one) the Computer is checking the internet for the local network Names. Add DNS to your DC or any server and have that server looking at the Internet DNS while all other computers take the DNS from the server.
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  • ELPUEBLO
    I had a problem similar to this. It may be a DNS issue. If your DNS server is not on-site (i.e you're using an Internet DNS # instead of an intranet one) the Computer is checking the Internet for the local network Names. Add DNS to your DC or any server and have that server looking at the Internet DNS while all other computers take the DNS from the server.
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  • Paul144hart
    I would look for network places that aren't reachable as well. In relation to DNS, are there names in the host file? Sounds like there are multiple unreachable network services.
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