View Full Version : Questions about NetServer performance
01-01-1995, 02:00 AM
A few people have been asking me questions about NetServer performance, basically saying that it's somewhat slow and they'd like to know how to speed it up. Has this been the experience of other people using NetServer? If you're using NetServer, can you post your impression of the speed and, if you have any ideas on how to speed it up, can you please post them on the forum. Remember, AS/400 NetServer is the wave of the future and it is replacing the current Network Drives and Network Printing functions in Express Client. However, my question is: how is it performing? Thanks, Joe Hertvik Editor-AS/400 Network Expert (formerly Client Access/400 Expert) firstname.lastname@example.org www.midrangecomputing.com/cae
03-02-2001, 05:55 AM
We use the Netserver to store all of our CAD/CAM drawings. We moved all of our drawings from a NT server. Since we've done that the load/save times seem much longer. Is there a way to do some performance tuning on the Netserver...? ps. the Engineers are getting restless and want their old NT server back. I'd rather keep everything on one box (AS/400) for obvious reasons....
03-02-2001, 07:56 AM
Joe, I have found that NetServer is slow to start up. When I open a directory with a lot of files it seems to take forever. Mapping a drive to a NetServer directory seems to correct the start up problem. For that reason, I usually have a netserver drive mapped to Windows if I am going to use it a lot. I tested throughput on a netserver drive about a year and a half ago. At the time netserver was about 1/4 the speed of our network. I haven't moved any huge files lately with netserver, but the last time I did the performance was much better. David Morris
03-02-2001, 07:34 PM
We did an AS/400 conversion a few years ago for a customer and did the following: 1. Converted 30,000 documents from the shared folders to NetServer. The file copy took forever. The customer had a new 200mhz IPCS, but we thought we would give NetServer a shot. 2. Once running with the NetServer, file opens were slow. MS Word would act flaky. Browsing the NetServer folders via Windows explorer would cause the blue screen of death. We experienced every form of "it must be a windows problem" known to man during this experience. 3. Fortunately the ultimate goal was to use the Windows NT server on the IPCS. Once we converted all the documents to the NT server life has been smooth sailing for the past couple years without a hitch. The synapsis is that NetServer is good for low-volume file transfers and light usage. For what it's worth :-) Regards, Richard Schoen RJS Software Systems Inc. "The AS/400 Report and Data Delivery Experts" Email: email@example.com Web Site: http://www.rjssoft.com
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