I know this may be a hard question to answer given that none of you really know our whole setup, but thought I'd throw this out there anyways.


We have approximately 20 locations where we have Dell Optiplex 390 desktops installed to act as repositories. They have ESXi 5.0 installed on them, and a VM of Windows Server 2008 R2 installed to act as the repository. Repliaction works fine, as does pushing things out to users.

The problem comes in where 3 of our locations has been having LAN issues where the Cisco 3750 switches' CPU is maxed ouat at 99% which is limiting the bandwidth it seems. If I transfer files to that location, it should be at gigabit, but typically maxes out at 2MB/sec due to the high CPU usage on the switch. Cisco did a wireshark test on the network and unplugged the repository box from the switch, and immedidately the CPU usage went down to 43%. So our network guys are blaming the repositories....yet the other 17 locations with the same setup are fine. 

I would assume that this is a configuration on the switch, or some sort of hardware issue or wiring perhaps...but I'm sure our network guys blame the repository and won't let me turn it back on - which won't let me do any patching or pushing out to that location since it would kill the LAN.

Any ideas?

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may a speed negotiation mismatch between the port and the PC, try hardsetting the nic and have the network crew hardset the port speed so they match and see if it stops it.

If that does not help either move to a different drop or have the network crew move you to a different port on the switch

you could also swap 2 of your repositories with each other and see if the problem stays with the machine or stays with the drop.

Answered 10/25/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt

  • Thanks - will try this and let you know how it works out :)
  • I have to deal with its not our stuff causing your problem it's you, so I know how you feel.
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Has the reposities replicated any of the files?

I found the best way to create replication was to have it replicate most of the files before shipping out the replication share. That way it's not try to replicate everything in the repository. I also limited replication to off hours and only critical items that were needed. 

Answered 10/25/2012 by: ms01ak
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  • Yes, all of the boxes are fully replicated. I'm primarily the only user on the box, so nothing new is being replicated.
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