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    Database Software Solutions Limited
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  • #2
    Re: Performance


    We have an application with a simple set for managing quotes.

    A button named Line on activates takes the user down to the child table to input data regarding to the product being quoted.

    On a 4 user network (a dedicated machine with 4 gig of Ram and XP is being used as the server) the speed at which the button displays the form varies considerably.

    On a windows 7 machine it is instant, but on the other 3 machines which are XP SP3 there is a delay of 3-4 seconds.

    All workstations have 3 gig of ram and the network is gigabit.

    Why the delay on the XP machines?

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Database Software Solutions Limited
    PRECISE360 -


    • #3
      Re: Performance

      If all workstations have a gigabit network card, and are configured for full duplex, and all intermediate switches (used to be called hubs) are gigabit, and you have gigabit cables in all locations - should work ok.

      However, I had a client run cat 6 home runs for ALL workstations back to the main switch, (they are running Server 2008 R2 Standard,) and different workstations are faster than others.

      I have never found documentation to support my suspicion, but I suspect that where you have mixed workstations, (XP and W7,) there could be performance issues.

      Also, if you are on a "shared" network, then you will never get the performance that a dedicated server will offer. If you do decide to get a dedicated server, be sure to get 2008 R2 Standard - not anything higher. Otherwise you cannot disable opportunistic record locking.
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      • #4
        Re: Performance

        Are the XP workstations configured to do live (real time) anti-virus and malware checking?


        • #5
          Re: Performance

          The PCs are configured that the shadow folder is not scanned and there are no scheduled virus scans on each workstation.

          IIRC the Alpha data folder on the server or at least dbf and cdx files are not scanned.


          • #6
            Re: Performance

            You might try disabling the real time anti-virus package entirely (client work stations and server), and then comparing performance.


            • #7
              Re: Performance

              There is something going on with SMB on windows 7 / server 2008 machines with dbf's (smb 2.0 to be precise)
              I have a client that runs an app since 1994 and had to do the reg file at the machine HOSTING the dbf's

              here is some more reading on others having issues...

              maybe I need to do this to my machine as alpha hasn't been my friend..