Windows 2003 SP2 R2 and slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Denis Lamothe, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. I am currently in the process of debugging 3 servers on one domain (2 DC and
    a simple member server) all running on Windows 2003 SP2 R2.

    I will explain the problem more in details... it all started when i
    installed SP2 on the member server. Everything was working fine on all 3
    servers before SP2. However, when i install SP2 on one of the servers, i am
    getting slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE getting so slow, that a window opened
    becomes NOT RESPONDING... but, if i let it go for a couple of minutes, it
    will eventually become active again. I also notice that hitting Start and
    Program, the browsing of menu is slow... it's also slow when i Start, Run
    and type in something.

    All those servers are running mostly the same hardware, with 1 gig of
    memory. If i uninstall SP2, it's all working very well again. When the
    problem is present, i checked disk activity, cpu activity, memory activity
    and everything is idle... memory usage is around 350-400mb so over 600mb is
    still free. Server is not swapping. If i close EXPLORER.EXE the desktop
    dissapear and when it comes back, it's fast again for a while, then it
    starts again until it hangs again...

    I destroyed my domain, and built it from scratch with 2003 R2 SP2 CD and
    promoted my 2 DC's again and it's all up and running but still get the same
    problem. It's virus free (got Symantec Enterprise v10 Server-Client
    installed) and spyware free (no server has access to internet directly
    anyway). All fix-packs and updates are installed and working. I have checked
    the eventlog several times on all 3 servers, and nothing, there are no
    errors and/or warnings about anything on them. Can anyone help me, i am
    starting to regret to deploy SP2 on this domain cause it was all going
    perfectly before this... now i am stuck with a slow EXPLORER.EXE on all 3
    servers... which impacts any work done on those servers, either with
    Terminal Server or on the console directly...

    Anyone can help out?
     
    Denis Lamothe, Jul 17, 2007
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  2. Hello Denis,

    Thank you for using newsgroup!

    From your post, I'd like to suggest you refer to the following link and try
    the suggestions to see if one of them can help:
    Common Networking Issues After Applying Windows Server 2003 SP2 on SBS
    http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2007/04/24/common-networking-issues-aft
    er-applying-windows-server-2003-sp2-on-sbs.aspx

    939421: Best practices and known issues when you install Windows Server
    2003 Service Pack 2 on a Windows Small Business Server 2003-based computer
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=939421

    Thanks & Regards,

    Ken Zhao

    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security <http://www.microsoft.com/security>
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    | Subject: Windows 2003 SP2 R2 and slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE
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    | I am currently in the process of debugging 3 servers on one domain (2 DC
    and
    | a simple member server) all running on Windows 2003 SP2 R2.
    |
    | I will explain the problem more in details... it all started when i
    | installed SP2 on the member server. Everything was working fine on all 3
    | servers before SP2. However, when i install SP2 on one of the servers, i
    am
    | getting slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE getting so slow, that a window
    opened
    | becomes NOT RESPONDING... but, if i let it go for a couple of minutes, it
    | will eventually become active again. I also notice that hitting Start and
    | Program, the browsing of menu is slow... it's also slow when i Start, Run
    | and type in something.
    |
    | All those servers are running mostly the same hardware, with 1 gig of
    | memory. If i uninstall SP2, it's all working very well again. When the
    | problem is present, i checked disk activity, cpu activity, memory
    activity
    | and everything is idle... memory usage is around 350-400mb so over 600mb
    is
    | still free. Server is not swapping. If i close EXPLORER.EXE the desktop
    | dissapear and when it comes back, it's fast again for a while, then it
    | starts again until it hangs again...
    |
    | I destroyed my domain, and built it from scratch with 2003 R2 SP2 CD and
    | promoted my 2 DC's again and it's all up and running but still get the
    same
    | problem. It's virus free (got Symantec Enterprise v10 Server-Client
    | installed) and spyware free (no server has access to internet directly
    | anyway). All fix-packs and updates are installed and working. I have
    checked
    | the eventlog several times on all 3 servers, and nothing, there are no
    | errors and/or warnings about anything on them. Can anyone help me, i am
    | starting to regret to deploy SP2 on this domain cause it was all going
    | perfectly before this... now i am stuck with a slow EXPLORER.EXE on all 3
    | servers... which impacts any work done on those servers, either with
    | Terminal Server or on the console directly...
    |
    | Anyone can help out?
    |
    |
    |
     
    Ken Zhao [MSFT], Jul 18, 2007
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  3. Hi Denis,

    I am just writing to see how everything is going. If you have any updates
    or need any further assistance on this issue, please feel free to let me
    know.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Ken Zhao

    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security <http://www.microsoft.com/security>
    ====================================================
    When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    ====================================================
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.





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    | Hello Denis,
    |
    | Thank you for using newsgroup!
    |
    | From your post, I'd like to suggest you refer to the following link and
    try
    | the suggestions to see if one of them can help:
    | Common Networking Issues After Applying Windows Server 2003 SP2 on SBS
    |
    http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2007/04/24/common-networking-issues-aft
    | er-applying-windows-server-2003-sp2-on-sbs.aspx
    |
    | 939421: Best practices and known issues when you install Windows Server
    | 2003 Service Pack 2 on a Windows Small Business Server 2003-based computer
    | http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=939421
    |
    | Thanks & Regards,
    |
    | Ken Zhao
    |
    | Microsoft Online Support
    | Microsoft Global Technical Support Center
    |
    | Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security
    <http://www.microsoft.com/security>
    | ====================================================
    | When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
    | that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
    | ====================================================
    | This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights.
    |
    |
    |
    |
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    | | From: "Denis Lamothe" <>
    | | Subject: Windows 2003 SP2 R2 and slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE
    | | Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 13:54:14 -0400
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    | |
    | | I am currently in the process of debugging 3 servers on one domain (2
    DC
    | and
    | | a simple member server) all running on Windows 2003 SP2 R2.
    | |
    | | I will explain the problem more in details... it all started when i
    | | installed SP2 on the member server. Everything was working fine on all
    3
    | | servers before SP2. However, when i install SP2 on one of the servers,
    i
    | am
    | | getting slow behavior of EXPLORER.EXE getting so slow, that a window
    | opened
    | | becomes NOT RESPONDING... but, if i let it go for a couple of minutes,
    it
    | | will eventually become active again. I also notice that hitting Start
    and
    | | Program, the browsing of menu is slow... it's also slow when i Start,
    Run
    | | and type in something.
    | |
    | | All those servers are running mostly the same hardware, with 1 gig of
    | | memory. If i uninstall SP2, it's all working very well again. When the
    | | problem is present, i checked disk activity, cpu activity, memory
    | activity
    | | and everything is idle... memory usage is around 350-400mb so over
    600mb
    | is
    | | still free. Server is not swapping. If i close EXPLORER.EXE the desktop
    | | dissapear and when it comes back, it's fast again for a while, then it
    | | starts again until it hangs again...
    | |
    | | I destroyed my domain, and built it from scratch with 2003 R2 SP2 CD
    and
    | | promoted my 2 DC's again and it's all up and running but still get the
    | same
    | | problem. It's virus free (got Symantec Enterprise v10 Server-Client
    | | installed) and spyware free (no server has access to internet directly
    | | anyway). All fix-packs and updates are installed and working. I have
    | checked
    | | the eventlog several times on all 3 servers, and nothing, there are no
    | | errors and/or warnings about anything on them. Can anyone help me, i am
    | | starting to regret to deploy SP2 on this domain cause it was all going
    | | perfectly before this... now i am stuck with a slow EXPLORER.EXE on all
    3
    | | servers... which impacts any work done on those servers, either with
    | | Terminal Server or on the console directly...
    | |
    | | Anyone can help out?
    | |
    | |
    | |
    |
    |
     
    Ken Zhao [MSFT], Jul 20, 2007
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