Faster Response Times For Your Centralized Microsoft Servers

Why Centralizing Microsoft Servers Hurts Performance
By Peter Sevcik and Rebecca Wetzel, NetForecast, on behalf of Juniper Networks
Published March 2006; Posted July 2006



The impeccable business logic behind server centralization has an unintended consequence - it can debilitate the performance of vital applications. Among the applications most likely hurt by server centralization are those like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, which use Microsoft's Common Internet File System (CIFS) file sharing protocol, as well as Outlook which uses Microsoft's Messaging Applications Programming Interface (MAPI) email protocol for Exchange.


This paper explains why performance of CIFS and MAPI-based applications degrades as distance to users increases, and how you can alleviate the problem without fixing - or even touching - the affected applications.



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