Windows 2003 Server running VERY slow...

July 18, 2013 at 19:11:52
Specs: Server 2003, 3G
Thank you in advance for your responses...

I am a Cisco networking guy. I know little about 2003 server, but...

My task is to return health to a 2003 Server (probably 32 bit) that is running VERY slowly. I only had a little time to inspect it so far. It contains 3G of ram, and a SCSI hard drive, and is basically a dinosaur. The server runs some basic features-- at least including file sharing, printer sharing, DHCP, Directory services. Applications include at least MYSQL, Quickbooks, Goldmine.

I noticed MYSQL is far and away the leading ram user at 1.2 G.

I preformed disk-cleanup, then before I left I put in motion disk-defragmenter to the badly fragmented drive.
Though my client has little money, I can convince her to upgrade her hardware and software. She only has 5 workstations connected to the server, so I am not yet convinced she needs an upgrade from her dinosaur. Should I advise her to upgrade her hardware, her software?

>> Admittedly this is less than complete information on the situation; nevertheless, can you please suggest the best course of action to get this server to an acceptable speed of data exchange with its hosts? <<

Sincere thanks!

-Matt Rome

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July 18, 2013 at 21:23:18
I guess, you first have to figure out, what of the services running on the server, is badly slow, e.g. MySQL or some of the other services.

Then you might use the TaskManager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC), to figure out, whether one of the running services is causing high CPU usage.

So you're right, you need to collect and provide more informations.

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July 22, 2013 at 14:19:41
Thank you for your reply. I do appreciate it.

Thank you.

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