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Fixing High CPU Utilization Caused by Backup Exec

Novell Cool Solutions: Trench
By Mark Hannan

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Posted: 2 Feb 2005

PROBLEM: Backup Exec will occasionally stick server utilization up to around 50% + on a NetWare 6.5 server (normally runs 0 to 1% ). This makes the server run very slowly, and we used to have to restart the server to fix this. But here's a much easier fix.

SOLUTION: Type "down" at the server console. Wait until the prompt comes up asking if you want to down the server. Accept the default choice of "no" by pressing enter. CPU utilization drops back to normal and everything is fine without actually restarting the server.

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