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Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

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    Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

    I work in a small office. We have 2 Alpha Anywhere users on a peer to peer network. One is the server. We have a problem when saving a record. Sometimes it takes several minutes to save or it will just hang up.

    What can we do to speed things up. It is very frustrating during our busy time of year!

    Re: Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

    That would be a very unusual circumstance for alpha and probably more to do with the networking or other things going on with the "server" computer.

    Check usage of the "server", test lan cards, check router for traffic flow as well as operation would be where I would start.
    server: a large backup or copy operation? something like malware checkers? virus software running?
    routers today usually have software to show you the activity going on and if there is something else running like a download from the internet, it could affect your speed drastically.

    Let us know what you find there before anything else?
    Dave Mason
    [email protected]
    Skype is dave.mason46


      Re: Saving records in Alpha Anywhere


      Dave has given you good advice.

      Many folks would buy a 3rd machine and use it only to serve the database. Reasonable performance should be achievable with relatively inexpensive machine. It does not have to be a server class device.

      It sounds like your "server" machine is used throughout the day for other purposes, too. This can be dangerous, for example if a different app crashes your system your database is jeopardized. Other apps can impose heavy loads on the machine as well. AA is a memory hungry program. It's performance will be slowed down when run on under-powered (or overloaded) equipment.

      Lastly, let me highlight one of Dave's ideas. If you have real-time antivirus / malware running on the "server" machine, you might want to configure it to exclude disk reads and writes to / from the database directory. Otherwise, the AV service may be trying to check your data entry sequences for viruses, and causing the problem.


        Shadow database in Alpha Anywhere

        Would my records save quicker if I were using a shadow database over a 2 user peer to peer network? Really slow saving records. How would I set this up & would it save all changes or would I have to transfer records to my original database?


          Re: Shadow database in Alpha Anywhere

          Likely not. A shadow database on one machine with the "real" database on the other would reduce the time it takes the forms to load, etc. A shadow database is just a local set of support files for tables that reside somewhere else on the network. The benefit comes from the fact that local copies of the forms, letters, labels, etc load faster than they would from the server.

          You never followed up on your previous thread. Did you try any of those suggestions?

          There can be only one.


            Re: Shadow database in Alpha Anywhere

            1. With 2 users, speed would probably not increase.
            2. no transferring of records with a shadow. All records remain in one place.

            Your issue with speed could be:
            lan speed - (connections between the 2 computers) - (bandwidth/transfer rate)
            hard drive speed

            Hard to say without knowing the circumstances.

            Is the save slow on both computers??
            Is the save slow for some things and satisfactory for others??

            When you said peer to peer is there a third computer that holds the data? or is one of the 2 the server?

            Good catch Stan.
            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46


              Re: Shadow database in Alpha Anywhere

              The issue with speed is for both computers. We have two computers with one being the server.


                Re: Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

                How do I check usage of the server, the lan cards, router flow, etc? We are using Windows 7 on both pc's


                  Re: Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

                  How would I configure my antivirus/malware to exclude disk reads & writes to /from the database directory?


                    Re: Shadow database in Alpha Anywhere

                    I am going to answer this in the other thread aand let this thread die.
                    Dave Mason
                    [email protected]
                    Skype is dave.mason46


                      Re: Saving records in Alpha Anywhere

                      If the speed issue is on the unit with live data, then it comes down to these mostly:

                      Virus software - contact the maker of the antivirus to find out how to exclude the folders with alpha in them - Do this part first
                      Computer speed, memory, memory speed, Hdisk speed and HD clutter +++.
                      Programming - Contact the person who wrote the software about your issues. They would be better able to help you.

                      In the event you created the application, there are many, many things that can slow it down and/or speed it up.

                      Note** I just installed a virus program on my computer and it slowed everything to a crawl. I uninstalled that one entirely.
                      computer is 3.3Mhz, 6 gig memory at 1300, very fast sata 2T hard drive with built in ssd of 8 gig. 1 gig lan cards - All this information is available in your computer specs.
                      Last edited by DaveM; 01-27-2015, 04:29 PM.
                      Dave Mason
                      [email protected]
                      Skype is dave.mason46