There are two registry tweaks specific to Windows 2003 servers which will improve performance under certain conditions. These changes are recommended for our customers who have:
- A large number of files shared out.
- Folders containing a lot of items (browsing large folders).
- A lot of users or if the server is under heavy load.
- Background processes that monitor the file system for changes such as Windows Search.
- Windows Vista/2008/7 already sets these values as the default so there is no need to make changes.
- A reboot is required for new settings to take effect.
1) Disable 8.3 name creation
More info can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121007
2) Disable Last Accessed Timestamps
More info can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758569(v=ws.10).aspx