W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

Post by Ferni » Mon, 15 Nov 2004 01:34:37


Two years ago, I leased a W2000 server with IIS 5 and it always ran very
well until the last few months when I began to notice that the processor
gradually became busier day by day. A reboot always get everything back to
normal for a few days/weeks.



Other problems that I began to experience were the inablility to delete some
directories from disk. Issuing commands at the DOS prompt did not work and
there were no processes whatsoever holding anything within the directory.



To empty the recycle bin has recently become a problem. It takes up 100% of
the cpu and never finishes.



Since the beginning, I have run two isapi dlls, but they have never caused a
problem, I think that the problem lies within the condition of the file
system.



My server has 512 k (uses about half of that when running normal). It has a
Celeron 1400 processor (about 20-60 percent when running normal).



Should I have W2000 Server reinstalled or should I upgrade to W2003? Does
W2003 have an improved file system? Will W2003 run fine on my existing
hardware / is it more demanding than W2000?



Please advise as this is very important for me. Thank you very much.



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W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

Post by Pat [MSFT » Mon, 15 Nov 2004 07:11:08

It actually sounds like you are having problems with AV software or backup
software. Particularly if you are having problems deleting, etc. I would
make sure that those are updated first. Obviously, I'd love to have you
upgrade to WS2k3 too, but let's try to fix what's wrong first.


pat

 
 
 

W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

Post by David Boye » Mon, 15 Nov 2004 10:51:34

running chkdsk /f /r should bring any filesystem problems to light.

This utility will tell you what process is locking files/directories:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Also, you should be able to narrow the CPU utilization down to the specific
processes that are consuming it

If you have the flexibility to do this, try stopping IIS and other non-core
services one at a time and seeing which one relinquishes its hold on the
directory you're trying to delete.
 
 
 

W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

Post by Ferni » Mon, 15 Nov 2004 13:37:32

Pat & David,

Thank you very much for your response.

There are no processes are holding any of the files/directories, but I had
run chkdsk (read-only) a couple of weeks ago and the list of index errors
went on and on. I will try scheduling chkdsk to check and correct on Sunday
early morning and hope that fixes the problem. It is odd behavior, for
example, I can delete the contents of one directory but then I can't delete
the directory. It can be renamed with no problem. By the way, it is not
one of those hacked special character tricks that can't be read by Windows
Explorer.

I'll post the results of chkdsk /f after it is done.

Regards,

Fernie









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W2000 Server - file system deteriorating

Post by Ferni » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 00:29:48

Well, I ran chkdsk /f on the 'remote' server last night. Since I was not
connected via Remote Desktop, I could not see what it did after the remote
reboot. This morning, the server was up and running. I connected via
Remote Desktop and emptied the recycle bin and instantly noticed that my CPU
went up to 100. The websites went completely down. I had to request a hard
reboot from the remote site. At this point, I really don't think that
nothing short of a reformat by the dedicated server hosting company will
work, either that or request a newer machine.

Regards,

Fernie







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