FWIW I upped the RAM on my home SBS 2008 from 4 to 6 GB because it was
intolerably slow, and that's just a test server that usually runs with no
client PCs. That's on "real" server hardware, although I doubt using a
desktop motherboard is a big part of Andrew's problems.
In my experience with Intel desktop boards, you can sometimes find good
drivers by seeing the exact component name that's acting up in Device
Manager, then searching the Intel support forums. Someone in there may have
figured out a way to make that component work with a different driver -
probably Vista 64-bit drivers will work - I'm not sure the Intel chipset
driver installer will work on Server, but if not, you can extract the driver
files and manually upgrade/install the drivers for the individual components
in Device Manager.
I would definitely run MU to get this machine up to date with patches.
That Intel controller rocks for desktop RAID (I've actually got it running
on this PC). On a desktop, it does effect drive I/O a little, but IMO not
noticeably. I'm running it with RAID 1 here and single drive at home, and
cannot see any difference other than that the WEI for drive performance is a
little better on the single drive system. Of course, the minor difference
that's not noticeable to a single user might be amplified when trying to run
multiple users on the same system. I would not disable SMART, though,
unless you're sure it's responsible for a big performance hit. I would not
have thought SMART could effect performance, but I don't know all that much
IMO Intel's been a little disappointing with their drivers for recent
hardware and new operating systems. My home motherboard is still a current
shipping model (but one of the older ones), and the Win7 drivers didn't work
with every component - I had to dig around to find a solution in the forums.
And, they never released Desktop Utilities for Win7, which is inexcusable.
This is going to have me revisiting my love of Intel motherboards next time
"Andrew Zenz" <andrew@newsgroup> wrote in message
> Hi everyone. (cross posted from public.backoffice.smallbiz)
> Contrary to my quote and recommendations, my client has purchased a system
> with an Intel Desktop mobo (DQ45CB/DQ45EK) and SBS2008 SP2 and handed them
> over to be used as his 'server'.
> It had RAID1 configured on the board (2 x 1Tb drives) and a single 320Gb
> drive which the shop configured as the system/boot drive (I don't
> why you wouldn't RAID the system/boot drive too!?), core 2 quad and 4Gb
> Anyway, I have re-configured the RAID array as the system/boot drive and
> installed SBS on a 100Gb primary partition. (The 320Gb drive will now be
> of the backup repositories.)
> It runs like a slug.
> Before I installed the Intel ICH driver and disabled SMART it took almost
> half and hour to boot, now thankfully it only takes 6 minutes to get to
> login prompt.
> Once logged in doing anything takes an impossibly long time.
> I have been watching it for a while now, and with nothing special running,
> the task manager process is floating between 17 and 20% consistently, the
> server manager MMC spikes to 25% for a longer than normal period of time
> other random processes, WMIPRVSE.exe, SQLServr.exe, svchost.exe and a few
> others, jump to 25% usage or more, pushing the CPU to 100% for extended
> It seems to have settled a bit as I write, System Idle is getting 70-80%
> (task manager takes the balance) but it still takes an eternity to do
> The installation (both times - I wasn't happy with the initial install)
> default, follow the prompts, answer the questions. The only thing I did
> extra was to allow Forefront - the trial of AV - to install. Was that
> I went wrong?
> I understand that Intel don't by default have any drivers available for
> Desktop board for SBS 2008, and while I only skimmed the HCL, I didn't see
> any Intel Desktop board listed, I do believe that the individual
> do have the appropriate drivers handy, the video card, network adapter,
> controller to name a few. The only one I didn't find was the SMBus
> Controller for the Q45 chipset for SBS2008.
> Have I stuffed up anywhere? Can I revive the 'server'? Does anyone have
> any idea why CPU usage would be so high when it is apparently doing
> Should I perform a WU (or would that be a waste of time and bandwidth?)
> Any suggestions or replies will be seriously considered.