> From: Serge Stein/i2Tech <Serge_Stein@i2.com>
> To: NEON Technoids <email@example.com> Internet Engineering NT
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> Subject: Warning, Potential Problems with NT4.0 SP2
> Date: Tuesday, January 21, 1997 2:51 PM
> Based on my experiences this past weekend, I'm recommending that Service
> Pack 2 for NT 4.0 NOT be installed on NT 4.0 Server.
> All three of the servers I have installed SP2 on have run fine for a
> time (a few hours to a few days) then crawled to a near stop.
> like NT Explorer, My Computer, and Control Panel start taking 3-10
> to start, with intermittent disk activity during the wait. Other
> applications just "freeze", becoming completely unresponsive when you try
> to navigate your file system to find and open a file. In one case, I
> Wordpad "up" overnight to see if it would ever come back. After 10 hours
> it was still frozen. An examination of the tasks which are running on
> system (using Task Manager or Performance Monitor) usually reveals one
> process (seemingly picked at random) which is occupying 95-99% of the
> available CPU time. Once this behavior begins to appear, it never goes
> away, even with a reboot.
> I have also started seeing many similar reports from other individuals
> companies who are running NT4.0 SP2 in the NT mail lists I monitor,
> convincing me that this is NOT an isolated incident.
> I have run McAfee Virus Scan (Nov 96 sig. file) on two of the three
> with no hits.
> I uninstalled SP2 on the one server I had access to this weekend, and it
> appears to have solved the problem. This server is now running NT Server
> 4.0 SP1. Time will tell if the problem is really solved... I will be
> reverting the other two servers over the next couple of days.
> The three systems involved have differing configurations:
> 1) Corsair Pro, Intel P133, 32MB, IIS2.0, L.Kahn's NT port of Bind-DNS
> 4.9.4p1, 2x2.1GB Quantum EIDE HD, IE3.01, Kernel Hotfix applied (post
> 2) Generic based on Intel Triton board, Intel P120, 16MB, IIS3.0, MS
> Server (release version) configured for autodial, L.Kahn's NT port of
> Bind-DNS 4.9.5, 1x3.0GB Western Digital HD, IE3.01, RAS (configured for
> dial-out only) This system also began automatically dialing out on the
> modem anytime the system was up, whether Proxy Server was running or not,
> with no discernible pattern. Both the RAS and Kernel Post SP2 hotfixes
> been applied. This is the system which was backed up to SP1, and MS
> was removed.
> 3) Compaq Pro??? 2500 (big mother server), Intel P200, 164MB, IIS2.0,
> L.Kahn's port of Bind-DNS 4.9.5, Compaq Fast SCSI Wide II array of 5 2.1
> drives, Compaq SSD 1.20a, RAS (configured for both dial-in and dial-out),
> If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
> Michael E. Hanson
> Gryphon Consulting Services
> Gryphon's Gate (http://www.gryphonsgate.com)
> 1508 JF Kennedy Dr., Suite 207-4
> Bellevue, NE 68005-3642
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