WHS 2003 interrupts iTunes play during WHS balancing RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a home server running WHS 2003 (32bit) and if I'm playing music via iTunes (music files on the Server, iTunes on the PC) and the server is balancing it consistently interrupts the music playback intermittently while it is balancing...which is very annoying. The server seems to run the balancing once every 1-2 hours on an ongoing basis.

    These are the Server specs:

    • GIGABYTE LGA 775 Intel P45 SATA 3gb/s ATX Intel motherboard
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 CPU
    • 4gb (2x2gb) Kingston HyperX T1 DDR2 1066 RAM
    • 6 x 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD's
    • 1000w Coolermaster Silentpro modular PSU

    These are my PC specs:

    • Asus Sabertooth 1366 x58 SATA 6gb/s motherboard
    • Intel i7-950 quad core CPU
    • 8gb (2x4gb) G Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 RAM
    • Crucial Sata 6gb/s 128gb SSD
    • 1000w Kingwin modular PSU

    We have 3 other older Windows XP-pro PC clients running on the server also (Gateway Profile 5.5's). 

    I already have the iTunes streaming buffer set to "Large", but it still interrupts. The Server connection through the Actiontec router (Qwest Q1000) and into the PC are all gigabit all the way through.

    Is there any way to adjust WHS 2003 to not max out resources when balancing so it's not interrupting, in this case, iTunes playback?

    Almost all of the files are music and photo and small docs/spreadsheets and are relatively small (<7mb), but we do have a fair number of family video files that typically run between 200mb up to 1.2gb. 

    One other thing - Is it possible that our HDD image files choke things up with WHS Balancing somehow? I used Norton Ghost 14 to make a "clean" post-install HDD image file stored on the Server of each of our Win XP-Pro PC's on our home network), and those Ghost files can get into the multi-gig size. We haven't added a new PC image via Ghost for over a year, but is it a known issue that something like a multi-gig image file could create this problem?
    Any help would be appreciated. 
    Friday, December 24, 2010 10:14 PM