Registry Tweaks For Improving Performance On Win 2003 Servers

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There are several registry tweaks which will improve performance on Windows 2003 Servers.

The 2 changes listed below 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.

 Note:

  • 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.

NTFSDisable8dot3NameCreation

Key:       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem

Value:   NTFSDisable8dot3NameCreation

Data Type:          REG_DWORD

Range:  0 – 1

Default value:    0

Recommended value:   1

Value exists by default?    Yes, this value can be set by editing the registry or using the following command: fsutil behavior set disable8dot3 1

 NTFSDisableLastAccessUpdate

Key:       HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem

Value:   NTFSDisableLastAccessUpdate

Data Type:          REG_DWORD

Range:  0 – 1

Default value:    0

Recommended value:   1

Value exists by default?                No, this value must be manually created by editing the registry

For more detailed information see : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee377058%28BTS.10%29.aspx

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