1 Reply Latest reply on May 5, 2011 9:32 AM by philmodjunk

    FMS Slow on client computers



      FMS Slow on client computers

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      Hey Guys,

      We have an old database at work (made in FMP 5 I think), its made up of 46 different Databases (.fp7 files)
      I have FileMaker server 11 running on a mac mini server (10.6.7) which hosts the database to 6 different Macs on our network.

      We have been having a problem where it will take FileMaker pro maybe 30-60 seconds to open particular databases hosted by our server. Originally I had this server hosting our files (where a printing & graphic arts company) as well as the database.
      So I read online that file sharing can slow down your database from the host to the client.
      So I transfered the files to an old G5 we had and hosted them on there to see if it made any difference.
      I turned of file sharing on the mac mini and anything else i could see that would be affecting it

      which had no effect on the database what so ever, it still opens just as slow.

      So, I'm no FileMaker pro as you can probably see, but I have kinda be appointed to fix this.

      So if there is anyone out their who may have a similar problem and knows how to fix it.
      I originally thought maybe it might have to do with the database being so old? that its just slowed down

      Anyones help would be MUCH appreciated ! 

        • 1. Re: FMS Slow on client computers

          First thing to check is to Open Manage | External Data Sources on all yoru files and check for issues.

          Files that started out as much older versions such as version 5 can have very complicated lists of file references for each related file. If you have a lot of spurious file refrences, such as an IP address that no longer exists, FileMaker can take a very long time working through the list of file references until it finds one that opens the file.

          Likewise, references that contain an asterisk, *, often used in older systems, but resulting in very slow file opens in the later versions, should be removed or updated so that you no longer have them in the system.

          There are other possibilities, but given the history of your files, I'd check this first.