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Francois Levy

Slow network saves are killing us

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We're a small firm and we keep files on a LAN server. AS VW files have gotten bigger and bigger (50 MB are not uncommon these days for us), autosaves are really slowing us down. Does anyone have any tips and tricks to speed up autosaves?

I suppose caching Viewports is bloating files, and I could turn that off, or autosave less frequently, Any other ideas?

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You could also look at optimizing your file server / network architecture. That's a big ball of wax though.

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Switching to gigabit ethernet did wonders for us. You're limited by your whatever your machines can cope with though.

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It would be good to know more about your network setup, what file server you are running, network speed, wired/wireless client, raid etc...

As Islandmon mentioned a switched hub is definitely the way to go and these days they are pretty inexpensive. You don't have to go with Cisco though, you just need something reliable and I'd recommend getting a managed device if your budget can stretch that far, something that supports link aggregation, jumbo frames and Multicast filtering would be desirable. HP are pretty good an come with a lifetime warranty.

There are other things to consider that can also be the bottleneck - like hard disk speed/raid etc. but we need more info...

Jason

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