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We have a strange situation that we can't seem to figure out. We have a small business network (4 PCs and a computer that acts as a server). The "Server" is a Dell Windows 2000 machine, the clients are Windows 98 machines. The server accesses the network extremely slowly. Now, the server itself is running slowly even locally. We have run all new Cat5e network drops and they all passed Level III certification. We have changed the hub. We have changed the network card in the server. We have reformatted the server (twice). The PCs share a dial-up connection over Internet Connection Sharing. They are shared with basic file and print sharing. We are desperate for help. I can answer any questions if needed. One more bit of information, the clients (all) browse the network just fine; no lag at all. The Dell "server" has significant lag. To make this situation even more complex, the lag on the server is intermittant locally but always lagging on the network. Any help will be tremendously appreciated!
 

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You could check the network properties of your server to make sure the only network protocol installed is TCP/IP. (Unless you use IPX/SPX for some reason, there is no need for it to be installed.) I have seen this slow down a connection before. Also, are there any services running on the server that don't need to be? If they are network services this could cause a connection to the network to be slower.
 
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