Six very very similar servers running 2003. Five do nothing but host SQL databases.
These five - run an app my developers made that:
1) Backup the db's
2) Zip them up
3) FTP the zipped files to server #6
The three week old (newest of the five) servers is having issues. FTP from a CMD prompt worked for two weeks and then quite for five days. This morning it worked.
I spent all day yesterday chatting with the data center techs. They were leaning towards blaming server #6 to be the culprit. (permissions etc) Hopefully today I will be successful when they attempt to answer the questions-> Why do the other 4 servers Not have the same problem.
Related to the issue: the problem server takes 30 minutes to transfer a file that the other server can do in 7 minutes.
Yesterday, they had me download an app called WinMRT which looks like a fancy tracert type app. They thought they detected an issue with a switch where server #6 is located...
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.
That sounds like a network issue of some sort to me also. Intermittent connection issues should not be a permissions problem if the permissions are not changing, and the time delay has lost packets written all over it. A bad port on a switch could be the cause, or maybe a flaky network cable. I recently had a switch that was giving me similar issues. Sometimes it would work fine, then it would quit, then it was fine again. I replaced it and all the mysterious issues were gone.
It would help if we knew what make and model of switch, and what make and model of NIC are being used. I have seen cases where one brand of switch did not get along well with a different brand if NIC. Matching the NIC and switch settings might help to resolve this. If "Auto-negotiate" does not fix the issue, you may need to change the switch and server to some fixed setting, at least for the specific port on the switch.
The data center gurus should know the makes and models of their equipment. If they are smart, they should be making sure they use compatible gear. However, if they decided to go for the cheapest gear instead, that is when problems can crop up.
The three week old (newest of the five) servers is having issues.
Week number two - the machine started rebooting itself.
First night repair- added thermal paste to the cpu
Second night repair - upgrade the bios and tweaks to the temp controls
Third night - take hard drive out and put it in another box. DONE
Boom - pc runs fine - network issue kick in.
In other words - I've had it up to HERE with the machine
But, we've been using the same DC for almost nine years. I can sleep good knowing they'll help out when needed. In part it took a while to fix these things because "I" had them do it after normal business hours.
I only got one call from my clients that access the machine during the whole deal...
Server Ops work is always a boatload of fun. It looks like you had some typical new equipment issues. Out of the box, they either work fine for years or you have issues in the first three months. With luck you should now be ready to go with no further problems for a few years at least.