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Offline Folders slow using NT Server

By sentrirbaker ·
We are running Windows 2000 Prof workstation that connect to a Windows NT4.0 Server domain. Remote users (using broadband) try to open a file from the offline folder notice delays of a minute or more to open the file. Microsoft claims the file will be opened from the local cached copy first then the network (I suspect this is the case when connecting to a Windows 2000 Server). They need to physically unplug the network connection for the file to be opened locally without delay. Is there a way to force the client to open the locally cached copy first (without having to unplug the cable), or configure NT4.0 server to do automatic caching (like Win2000 server is capable of).

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by curlergirl In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

Win2K uses a registry setting to calculate whether the workstation is on- or off-line, and that calculation is what controls whether the system opens the file first from the cached (local) copy or from the network. The default lower limit is 64000bps. With your broadband connection, you probably have a faster connection than this, even though it is slow enough so that your users notice that it takes a long time to open files. You can edit this setting and increase the lower limit of when theworkstation detects a slow network connection. Here's a link to an article explaining how to edit this setting:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=263097

Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

P.S. - just to make sure I'm being clear - this is a workstation registry setting, not on the server.

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by sentrirbaker In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

This solution seems to be an improvement on our remote vpn clients. Thank you for your assistance.

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by NetTek In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

You may not want to hear this, but this is by design. The local cache is only used in the event that the network resource is not available and the user is notified that they are working offline.

Local caching does not improve performance by usinglocally stored data when the user is network connected. The network resource is always used for all document reads and writes when available.

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by sentrirbaker In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

I wish Tech Republic offered more choices because although answer 1 seems to be our best solution, you still offer valuable input regarding how network resources work.

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by seandurcan In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

There is a registry setting, apart from the one above which is a hum dinger. As soon as I find it again, I'll post it here.

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by sentrirbaker In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

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by sentrirbaker In reply to Offline Folders slow usin ...

It appears as though Answer 1 might be the solution we are looking for. We are testing it out on more remote users to see how it works on a larger scale.

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