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help speeding up network and file server traffic.

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so we have a network set up of about 23 computers including our server which is running windows 2003 standard. we have an incredible amount of traffic going to that server due to every workstation viewing and writing data every few seconds. this is an orthodontic office that is completely paperless. charts and personal info are all on one SQL database on one server. i have pictures to manage and everything. but between the software that updates every 15seconds to view schedules who is here and chart updates along with most people making consistant changes i feel our basic server and hub are overloaded with traffic and it might be a big reason of slowing us down.

i have been managing the system for a while and our simple network. due to the servers being from a pratice management company i have not been able to tamper with or get my hands on to help.(its a POS server. terribly slow and just a basic computer they put server software on. no raid config or anything) now the time has come we are upgrading. i am getting dual clovertown xenon quad processors and all the good stuff. we dont need rackmount but im going all out. now is the network still gonna slow us down even though the server is fast enough? how can i prevent this?
most server setups i see have 2 or 4 network ports. why are there more then one port needed? can i hook up more network lines to the server and speed up the transfer rate? or do i have to set it up as a different instance in the network and direct half of the computers to one and half to the other?

anyway. sorry for the long post. i have not really had a lot of server experience as far as how to be the most efficient with things. and thanks in advance.

Nov 5 '07 #1
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Hi Kirt!!

Try network load balancing, which comes by default in Win 2003 server. Its an Microsoft component.

Nov 11 '07 #2

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