Unscientific…but Wow….

On April 29, 2008, in news, by

I’m in the process of moving some documents from a 2k3 based server to a 2k8 based one.

This is an unscientific test of copying files from the 2k3 server to my Vista workstation:

Copy folder from 2k3 to Vista:  5 gigs, about 8 minutes.

Copy folder (same size/data) from 2k8 to Vista:  5 gigs, less than a minute.


Wow.  Both copying files from member servers.  Granted the hardware is not the same but I did a similar test (will get screen shots as well) from an XP box and it was like 9 minutes from the 2k8 box to the XP and 12 minutes from the 2k3 box to the XP.

And mind you this is with the netsh stuff off on the vista and all that…. 

netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global chimney=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled


Same folders, copying between 2k3 member server and 2k8 member server and a XP workstation (no sp3, just sp2)

File copying from 2k3 server to XP sp2… about 10 minutes to copy….

File copying from a 2k8 server to XP sp2… about 4 minutes for exactly the same file…..


6 Responses to Unscientific…but Wow….

  1. Robert says:

    I think I’ve seen something similar when I was moving some VHD files around – the transfer does “seem” faster in Windows 2008.

  2. Mike says:

    I definitely recommend the Intel Gigabit NICs and routers such as the DLink DIR-655 that support 9K Jumbo frames. Made a big difference for me.


  3. WorkingHard says:

    That’s SMB 2.0 @ work for you 🙂

  4. Roman says:

    this is only one of the issues with VISTA .. I expected that SP1 will fix this issues .. no improvement at all — It seems that copying file between server or hosts is not for VISTA — it takes forever.. Other issue I have noticed — very slow or hanging with opening pictures — takes forever to open picture in photo gallery .. so I am using Picassa, if want to do something with photos

  5. Ian Murphy says:

    Take a look at mark russinovich’s article on file copy changes in Vista – http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2008/02/04/2826167.aspx

    The internal workings have changed quite a bit which afects the times shown.

  6. Amy says:

    Windows 2k8 is optomized for Vista. It’s IP stack is also optomized for TCP/IP v.6. If you haven’t removed v.6 from those 2 boxes it would explain most of the performance improvement.