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Windows Thread, File Servers Slow in Technical; Originally Posted by teejay Have you checked that you haven't got multiple IP addresses for the servers in dns? If ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Have you checked that you haven't got multiple IP addresses for the servers in dns? If you've been playing with teaming etc, you may have some duff dns entries.
    nope checked that

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    Toby,

    I had very similar problems on our two backup servers, with all the hp nic teaming stuff installed, they were much better once I rebuilt using built in 2008 R2 drivers
    Thats my plan come the summer - although at the current rate it might be easter which does mean i have something to do!

    @dhicks - no these switches are awful they don't do much apart from switch and the web interface is useless.

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    what we had was really weird at times, it would ping some hosts and come back with times of 600ms and others <1ms, and would out and out refuse to talk to some other hosts, and talk to some no problem,

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    what switches are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    what switches are they?
    Nortel 5530-24tfd x 2 in a managed stack with Netgear gsm7212 switches bolted on the side. I do think the issues is something switchy related but i've got to prove my theory to be correct before they will give me 10k to replace the switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Nortel 5530-24tfd x 2 in a managed stack with Netgear gsm7212 switches bolted on the side. I do think the issues is something switchy related but i've got to prove my theory to be correct before they will give me 10k to replace the switch.
    how are the netgears "bolted on"

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    how are the netgears "bolted on"
    Check the image attached on the previous page. It got them out of the whole two summers ago but needs replacing we just don't have the money!

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    so you've got 12 x 1gb ports connecting to the "server" core via 1 x 1gb fibre.??

    who's your boss ? person i think it is?

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    can't you get a few more nortels and add them to the stack? wouldn't that be cheaper than replacing the whole lot?

    i haven't seen them, but surely they allow for more than 2 in a stack?

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    Looking at your diagram, surely this is just a network saturation problem? Two switches with 12Gb each, connecting to your core with only a single 1Gb uplink each? What's your stats like on those connections?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    can't you get a few more nortels and add them to the stack? wouldn't that be cheaper than replacing the whole lot?

    i haven't seen them, but surely they allow for more than 2 in a stack?
    Quote Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post
    Looking at your diagram, surely this is just a network saturation problem? Two switches with 12Gb each, connecting to your core with only a single 1Gb uplink each? What's your stats like on those connections?
    You're both right as Nortel like others brands use fast stacking architecture which allows you to connect switches @ 40Gbps each, which cuts out any bottlenecks. The problem being however is the Nortel's may be the root of the problem, so adding to it won't make any difference.

    It's not impossible, but maxing out a 1Gbps to the server is pretty difficult and you'd get very high CPU and disk utilisation, but as far as I can make out Glennda hasn't mentioned this, so it appears to be a networking related issue.

    In theory you should be able to update the firmware on the switches themselves and reset any configuration to factory default. I've never installed any Nortel's, so I've no idea how good or bad they are.

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    I think at this point as previously mention by someone else, I'd be firing up Wireshark to see what sort of traffic is bouncing around the network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    In theory you should be able to update the firmware on the switches themselves and reset any configuration to factory default. I've never installed any Nortel's, so I've no idea how good or bad they are.
    awful - there is no updated firmware for these switches (that i can actually find as the nortel site takes you round and round in circles). They are set to default just with tree spanning enabled and IGMP snopping plus the port configs set to fiber or copper.

    @abaddon We don't use all 12 1gb ports (about 6) and the utilization is loads hits about 60% at most for the uplink when i've been watching it - I think it is the switching problem (with the nortels) but my main point in posting was to double check that i hadn't missed anything out in my working out what the problem was and to double check i had been through absolutly everything before making them spends thousands on a replacement which could effectively do nout!


    @oxide54 - it is that person but he wants to be a bit more sure that it is the problem like me doesn't want to be spending all that money if its not going to make a difference. and the Nortels are around 4 years old.

    The model of switch that i'm looking at (hp E4800g) is the similar to the 3com that you have there (as hp bought 3com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    You're both right as Nortel like others brands use fast stacking architecture which allows you to connect switches @ 40Gbps each, which cuts out any bottlenecks. The problem being however is the Nortel's may be the root of the problem, so adding to it won't make any difference.
    surely the 12gb into 1gb is the problem here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    awful - there is no updated firmware for these switches (that i can actually find as the nortel site takes you round and round in circles). They are set to default just with tree spanning enabled and IGMP snopping plus the port configs set to fiber or copper.

    @abaddon We don't use all 12 1gb ports (about 6) and the utilization is loads hits about 60% at most for the uplink when i've been watching it - I think it is the switching problem (with the nortels) but my main point in posting was to double check that i hadn't missed anything out in my working out what the problem was and to double check i had been through absolutly everything before making them spends thousands on a replacement which could effectively do nout!


    @oxide54 - it is that person but he wants to be a bit more sure that it is the problem like me doesn't want to be spending all that money if its not going to make a difference. and the Nortels are around 4 years old.

    The model of switch that i'm looking at (hp E4800g) is the similar to the 3com that you have there (as hp bought 3com)
    that 3com i have is a pain if you need to config via the serial port, the cli is complicated (i do it when i have to but id rather use the web browser with particular switch) our edge switches i'd rather use the cli

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