network slow on a couple of machines

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Network connectivity
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Windows Server 2003
Windows XP
I am running a domain network with windows 2003 server and my clients are running windows xp pro. But they having a problem access the files from the server and it is taking them about a couple of minutes to access the files. Any Ideas why it would take a long time and why it is running slow??

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I had the same problem and it was a DNS issue. You must make sure your server is the only DNS or whatever server is acting as the DNS and that it’s configured correctly. The clients must also point to the correct DNS. If you log on and it takes forever but eventually logs on, your clients aren’t pointing correctly. Check IP settings.

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  • Shadow3865
    all it is running is windows sever 2003
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  • Schmidtw
    Check out NAGIOS to monitor your switches for packet loss. If you have too much traffic on those workstations and they share connection to a swtich/server, it will always be slow. As Labnuke99 suggested, I would check for updates, applications added, various other files that may indicate slowed use, etc. Are the users experiencing this connected to the domain wirelessly? This may also be a source of speed loss depending on your WAN configuration.
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  • Shadow3865
    not wireless hard wired cat 5e and they are sharing the same drive where the files are kept.
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  • Yasir Irfan
    What about the speed settings in both the switch and server. Make sure both are configured for 100 MBPS full duplex cheers Yasir
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  • Labnuke99
    Please check server utilization and as Yasirirfan recommends, port speed & duplex settings on switches & NICs.
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