Windows 2003 Slow Response

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Jarrod Johnston, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. I recently replaced the machines of two of the domain controllers in our
    organization. For some reason, all communications with 1 of the new domain
    controllers from my Windows Vista workstation is extremely slow. I can load
    up a Windows XP instance inside of Virtual PC from this same machine and the
    domain controller responds normally. In addition, I have noticed that when I
    remote desktop to the server, if I use my mouse to try and navigate around
    the desktop, response is impossibly slow, but if I use only keyboard keys to
    navigate, everything seems to respond at normal speed! This is extremely
    frustrating and I don't even know where to start, please help!
    Jarrod Johnston, Apr 18, 2007
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    Is this SBS 2003? If so, read this that a friend of mine had to deal with:


    I did the following on one of the laptops before un-joining it from the

    netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled
    netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

    And rebooted the machine. No more slowdowns!

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    ThePro Guest

    I can confirm that this fix applies to W2K3 Server too, not just SBS.

    ThePro, Apr 19, 2007
  4. This worked for me as well! One thing that is still somewhat unusual about
    this for anyone in the future who might read it was the machine giving me
    grief was a completely fresh machine. I have other W2K3 SP2 machines in my
    domain that were not acting the same way. Perhaps there was some earlier
    patch applied to the other W2K3 servers that was required that this one
    didn't have?
    Jarrod Johnston, Apr 19, 2007
  5. Jarrod Johnston

    ThePro Guest

    I manage many W2K3 servers with SP2 and only one was giving me this problem.
    Even more strange, the server has 2 NICs and the slow response was only for
    one NIC (Intel PRO/1000 PL) not for the other one (Intel PRO/100+).

    ThePro, Apr 19, 2007
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    Thanks gentlmen, it seems that I learned something important today, that
    this is not just for SBS. Hmm... I'll have to keep that in mind.

    As for the dual NIC machine, is it a DC? Usually we highly highly recommend
    a DC to not be multihomed, since it can cause similar issues with
    authentication lags and connectivity issues due to dual DNS entries and
    other things. There are ways around it, but for the most part it's easier
    and more efficient to just single home a DC. If it's a member server, that's

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Apr 21, 2007
  7. Jarrod Johnston

    ThePro Guest

    No, member server running WSUS 3.0.

    ThePro, Apr 23, 2007
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    Ok. Usually not recommend multihome a DC unless the NICs are teamed.

    Maybe the Intel PRO/1000 PL has an issue with the switch or driver? How
    about switching NICs around and see if the same physical NIC is causing the
    issue. If not, it may be a DNS misconfiguration, or something else. Can you
    post an ipconfig /all of this server?


    Ace Fekay [MVP], Apr 24, 2007
  9. Jarrod Johnston

    ThePro Guest

    I can't believe that the problem is in the server beacause:

    1- XP clients did not have the slowness
    2- Typing > netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled > netsh interface
    tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled on the Vista client solved it

    So the problem must be on the client side, right ?

    ThePro, Apr 26, 2007
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    Apparently it is a problem on the client side. I hope a fix comes out for it

    Glad it fixed it.

    Ace Fekay [MVP], Apr 30, 2007
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    Don Murphy Guest

    Can anyone point to some non-SBS related documentation for this issue?

    In other words other than the kb for rss is there any docs out there that
    explain this issue?
    Don Murphy, Apr 30, 2007
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    Sorry, not that I know of other than the "cause" (based on the KB) is
    installing Windows 2003 SP2.

    Ace Fekay [MVP], May 1, 2007
  13. I don't think all of the problems with Server2003 SP2 have been fully determined
    (or even admitted to) yet.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft, or
    anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, May 1, 2007
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    I agree. It's still too soon to tell. We've actually opted to not install
    SP2 on our customer machines for a while longer until we see what other
    problems pop up in the public community.

    Ace Fekay [MVP], May 3, 2007
  15. It is a mixture here.
    I don't recommend it be applied on an ISA box just yet.

    The article KB927695 gives a registry adjustment for it. Was that one
    mentioned?,..I can not see all the previous posts. Recently I came across
    someone who indicated another entry in the registry in the same location where
    the EnableRSS=0 is:
    EnableTCPA = 0
    He said it was an "internal" thing at MS,..whatever he means by that. I suppose
    he got the info while on a Support call with MSPSS.
    I don't know anything about it other than what I am passing on here.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft, or
    anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, May 3, 2007
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    No, I haven't seen that article yet. That must have been another thread,
    unless I am missing posts from this thread too. Another issue with SP2 to
    add to my personal blog.


    Ace Fekay [MVP], May 6, 2007
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