Windows 2008 versus Windows 2000, network pauses

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Ross Sharp, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Ross Sharp

    Ross Sharp Guest


    We have two Windows 2000 SP4 servers and transfer a lot of data between the
    two machines. These files are of varying size - 99.9% of the time they
    transfer fine, but the other 0.1% of the time we see a pause on the sending
    server which results in some applications 'locking up' for a period of time,
    usually around 3 to 4 seconds.

    The files are being transferred over a real-time mapped drive (e.g. file
    copy to \\server\network_share\) on a gigabit LAN, both machines are
    connected to the same GbE switch with no router between them.

    I understand that the TCP/IP stack has been re-written in Server 2008. With
    extended support for 2000 expiring in 2010, we're beginning the process of
    thinking about the next logical migration - and wonder if the improvements
    made to networking in 2008 offer the 'correct' upgrade path to 2000 (rather
    than making the rather easier (from our current perspective) upgrade to
    2003), and would be likely to eradicate the problems we currently see with
    our network pauses. Alternatively, is there a simple configuration we've
    missed in 2000 which would eradicate this problem?

    Thanks in advance.
    Ross Sharp, Jun 3, 2008
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