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seidel1
07-28-2004, 10:09 AM
We are in the process of migrating our current A5v5 to v6 and WAS.

We have purchased A5v6 3-User Network License pack (for development) and A5v6 Web Application Server License (so we can operate on the web).

From what we have played around with so far, v6 can easily handle our needs. Now the delima begins: When we publish sample web pages to the server for view on the web, it takes a tremendous amount of time to display the info, i.e. what would take 5-30 seconds via the shadow DB takes 5 min plus over the web, and the physical pages we are asking to generate are small.

As a result I am thinking we are using A5v6 wrong on the server.

The server itself is a brand new Dell Poweredge 700, with 512Mb Ram, 2.6Ghz processor and dual 40Gb hard drives. The only application that currently runs on the server is MS Small Business Server and that seems very fast.

Our DB is small; consisting of:

Client (300 records)
|_Contacts (300 records)
|_ Property (700 records)
|_ Site (3000 records)
|_Maps (200 records)

According to what we have researched on the A5v6 Forum, Alpha WAS can run in parallel with Microsofts IIS provided they run on different ports. We have Alpha on port 81 and IIS on port 80, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Here are some questions:
1) Why is WAS so SLOW, I know from experience that a server can be overloaded, but in our case we have no users accessing the server which is in essence sitting idol except for A5
2) When the server boots up Microsoft IIS automatically runs. How do we set A5 WAS to autorun in the background?
3) How do we monitor what is happening within A5 and the WAS so we can troubleshoot issues.
4) Is there a way to run WAS only and not run A5v6 on the server?

Thanks in advance for the help

Jim

Lenny Forziati
07-29-2004, 07:28 PM
1) Why is WAS so SLOW, I know from experience that a server can be overloaded, but in our case we have no users accessing the server which is in essence sitting idol except for A5

There is a problem that we are aware of in the most recent build. We are working to resolve this and I expect that we will release a patch tomorrow (Friday).

2) When the server boots up Microsoft IIS automatically runs. How do we set A5 WAS to autorun in the background?

The current release of the Web Application server cannot be run as a Windows service

3) How do we monitor what is happening within A5 and the WAS so we can troubleshoot issues.

What is it specifically that you'd like to monitor? You can run threadmon() to monitor the active threads and how much work each is doing. Troubleshooting messages are displayed in your browser (unless you have IE's friendly errors on) and logged to the error log if you have logging enabled.

4) Is there a way to run WAS only and not run A5v6 on the server?

Not currently. We will be making a Web App Server only version available however.

-Lenny

seidel1
07-29-2004, 07:52 PM
Lenny -

Thanks for the response, the product is great and I know you guys are burried with fire fighting.

Re Q3, I was asking on monitoring in hopes of solving the speed issue, but it looks like you are already on it.

I'll wait for the patch, thanks

Jim