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Newest MS updates & newest NWclient SLOW file copy from server

Hi,

I have a small business suite 6 server, running fine.

I just set up a New dell XP workstation, setup & updated to latest MS
patches, I then downloaded the latest client Novell Client (4.91 SP3 for
Windows XP/2003 English) from download.novell.com installed it.

The problem is that copying a 31 mb directory from the server to the
workstation takes over 10 min...
The same copy to MY workstation takes almost 20 seconds (running
concurrently with the other no less)

I have tried a fresh install using the campus XP & have the same problem,
I'm suspecting that one of more recent the MS updates is causing the
problem as it wasn't a problem say 2 months ago (the last time I had to
re-setup a machine).

Help!
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Re: Newest MS updates & newest NWclient SLOW file copy from server

Have you checked the physical network settings such as speed and duplex
settings in case of a mismatch between your new PC and the switch?



>>> On 16/01/2007 at 6:39, <dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicagodot.edu>

wrote:
> The problem is that copying a 31 mb directory from the server to the
> workstation takes over 10 min...
> The same copy to MY workstation takes almost 20 seconds (running
> concurrently with the other no less)


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Re: Newest MS updates & newest NWclient SLOW file copy from server


Hi, Thanks for the reply,

Yes I have. It is set to auto and is picking 100/full.
I actually set the machines up behind a linksys firewall & it also is
running 100/full (by the lights on the front)

I have connected my machine to the firewall and it continues to be fast, as
well as connecting the new machine directly to the campus net and it
continues to be slow.


> Have you checked the physical network settings such as speed and duplex
> settings in case of a mismatch between your new PC and the switch?
>
>
>
> >>> On 16/01/2007 at 6:39, <dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicagodot.edu>

> wrote:
> > The problem is that copying a 31 mb directory from the server to the
> > workstation takes over 10 min...
> > The same copy to MY workstation takes almost 20 seconds (running
> > concurrently with the other no less)

>


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Re: Newest MS updates & newest NWclient SLOW file copy from server

It is almsot certainly a physical communication issue.
This could be driver related or failing to negotiate properly.

I would suggest getting a copy of Ethereal or WireShark (FreeWare Sniffers)
and installing them on your PC.
Then take a trace of the copy. I suspect you will see a very large number
of lost packets and retransmits.

If I am reading this correctly, you are find when connected to your Linksys
but slow when connected to the campus net.

While Auto is generally recommend, you may want to try 100Full-Fixed as well
as 100-Half, 10-Full, and 10-Half to see if any of those perform better when
connected to the campus net. There is no knowing how your port there is
configured and the "Auto" option will really only work well if you campus
port is also on that setting.

<dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicago.edu> wrote in message
news:jZRqh.1007$Sz4.874@prv-forum2.provo.novell.com...
>
> Hi, Thanks for the reply,
>
> Yes I have. It is set to auto and is picking 100/full.
> I actually set the machines up behind a linksys firewall & it also is
> running 100/full (by the lights on the front)
>
> I have connected my machine to the firewall and it continues to be fast,
> as
> well as connecting the new machine directly to the campus net and it
> continues to be slow.
>
>
>> Have you checked the physical network settings such as speed and duplex
>> settings in case of a mismatch between your new PC and the switch?
>>
>>
>>
>> >>> On 16/01/2007 at 6:39, <dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicagodot.edu>

>> wrote:
>> > The problem is that copying a 31 mb directory from the server to the
>> > workstation takes over 10 min...
>> > The same copy to MY workstation takes almost 20 seconds (running
>> > concurrently with the other no less)

>>

>



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Re: Newest MS updates & newest NWclient SLOW file copy from server

Oops,
Sorry If I was unclear,
The slow machine is slow wherever it's connected, it is slow to the linksys
as well as slow connected directly to the campus net, My machine is always
fast connected to all those same physical ports.

3 of the same model machines I set up 2 months (or so) ago did not have any
of these problems and are fine even now. These machines are Dells & were
all purchased at the same time. I did take a look and all 4 machines have
the same motherboard (and built in NIC) in them.

I did test all possible combinations of 10/100/full/half on the slow
machine and had no positive effect anywhere, it did seem like 10/half was
even slower than auto (which sets itself to 100/full) or explicitly setting
it to 100/full but I was timing by a clock on the wall.

I have ethereal on my laptop and can check this but I still suspect that an
XP patch has resurrected an old issue.

I am going to try putting the client on an unpatched xp-sp2 install on that
same machine & see if it's fast then apply patches till it fails, (If it
fails).

Daniel


> It is almsot certainly a physical communication issue.
> This could be driver related or failing to negotiate properly.
>
> I would suggest getting a copy of Ethereal or WireShark (FreeWare Sniffers)
> and installing them on your PC.
> Then take a trace of the copy. I suspect you will see a very large number
> of lost packets and retransmits.
>
> If I am reading this correctly, you are find when connected to your Linksys
> but slow when connected to the campus net.
>
> While Auto is generally recommend, you may want to try 100Full-Fixed as well
> as 100-Half, 10-Full, and 10-Half to see if any of those perform better when
> connected to the campus net. There is no knowing how your port there is
> configured and the "Auto" option will really only work well if you campus
> port is also on that setting.
>
> <dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicago.edu> wrote in message
> news:jZRqh.1007$Sz4.874@prv-forum2.provo.novell.com...
> >
> > Hi, Thanks for the reply,
> >
> > Yes I have. It is set to auto and is picking 100/full.
> > I actually set the machines up behind a linksys firewall & it also is
> > running 100/full (by the lights on the front)
> >
> > I have connected my machine to the firewall and it continues to be fast,
> > as
> > well as connecting the new machine directly to the campus net and it
> > continues to be slow.
> >
> >
> >> Have you checked the physical network settings such as speed and duplex
> >> settings in case of a mismatch between your new PC and the switch?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> >>> On 16/01/2007 at 6:39, <dstaples@arcdash1dotbsddotuchicagodot.edu>
> >> wrote:
> >> > The problem is that copying a 31 mb directory from the server to the
> >> > workstation takes over 10 min...
> >> > The same copy to MY workstation takes almost 20 seconds (running
> >> > concurrently with the other no less)
> >>

> >

>
>


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