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I had a windows 2000 professional workstation which runs as the web server for new business quoting system . Spec for the workstation viz p4 2.9gig, 40gigHDD,512MB Memory. There are about 100 users which are connecting to this web server .Initially there were not experiencing the slow response on quoting system but now they are experiencing the slow resonpse. What might go wrong on the Web server(windowos 2000 pro workstation) ?

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First thing first, check the system for virus/worms.

System slow down can be tons of possibility:
1. Virus
2. Hardware/cable connection/contact
3. Overheated switch/router
4. Disk defragment
5. Software bugs
6. Windows bugs(need patch)

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  • Bgrove333
    seems like a rather small spec for a server with 100 users of any kind ... have you done any performance analysis (using Windoze or 3rd party tools)? got RAM? add more! perhaps more details on (generally) what your web server is serving, network topology would help prompt other replies. good luck
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  • Lamlam
    W2K pro can support only 10 concurrent connections, you may need to upgrade to W2K server for better performance and more concurrent connections.
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  • Jayaramks
    Check the CPU and mmory utilisations. If the utilisation is more than 50 % , time to upgrade the system. Also check for any viruses and do a disk defrag.
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  • Jayaramks
    Check the CPU and mmory utilisations. If the utilisation is more than 50 % , time to upgrade the system. Also check for any viruses and do a disk defrag.
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  • PeterMac
    Agree with lamlam, problem is almost certainly due to trying to run Pro as a server. Microsft have moded software specifically to prevent this. As well as only supporting 10 conections, it is also very slow to free up dropped connections and will not support more than two or three concurrent web users, each user will require more than one connection, and when one connection finnishes it wil not allow another user to connect immediately. Afraid with this number of users you will definately have to go with a server version. 2003 webserver is probably your cheapest option at the moment.
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  • Davesil2
    Simply put, there could be any number of reasons why you are having this problem. Not enough memory Bad Memory Not enough processing power bad or failing hard drive(s) not fast enough hard drives windows 2000 pro vs server What you will want to do is use the performance counter the check disk queue lenghts, memory access, page file access, processor utilization. In addition you can run hard drive repairs "chkdsk c: /r". You would need to reboot so it can dismount the volume. You might want to try running a defrag. If your program is server side based for all of the processing you may not have a fast enough hard driver (IDE vs SCSI and speed, you could have a 5400 RPM IDE which would probably not be good enough), you could also not have enough memory like stated earlier, you could also not have enough processors. If you are using SQL that can make a difference as well. SQL requires more power and when you are doing server side processing that requires more power on the "server". Beyond that I would definitely look at upgrading the windows 2003 server (even just the web server version). While the comment about windows 2000 pro only allowing 10 concurrent connection is true that relates to file access and not web serving. But for the best results you need the best equipment. If you are using an sql server you might consider running that on another server then. Things like that. Do you have any users working on the "server" workstation or anything happening during the "slow times". Virus scan running? Chkdsk running? defrag running? Is someone using your band width? Is your server secure/behind a firewall? Is the firewall blocking the server or causing certain request to fail?
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  • Habiru
    You've answered your own question. If you can afford Windows Server software and the cals, better look at a secure Linux distribution and upgrading your hardware.
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  • Perk32725
    Seems to me if it was working properly at one time, something has changed since then. I didn't know about the win2k limit of 10 connections at a time, so maybe you've got all the connections taken? I would start by having just one user on the sytstem, and see if a single user has slow response time, then two users, etc. until you find a slowdown. First though, I would make sure the system is clean, the disk is defragged and scanned, and also I would have Norton Utilities do a scan on the system to make sure the windows "system" is clean as well. Hope this helps.
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  • Security16
    You have not mentioned the bandwidth you have contracted to. You need to have the necessary tools to view its utilization ( First ascertain your bandwidth usage)to finally arrive at the server hardware being already concluded as not sufficient. Infact, the server may not be responding to those 100 users. It becomes another bottleneck. srinivas
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