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How to Improve Solid Edge Network Performance

How to Improve Solid Edge Network Performance

If you feel that opening and saving is taking too long over
the network – meaning you store and use your files on a network drive, the this
is a simple setting change that at no cost to you can improve your speed ….
It is CRITICAL that all cards,
switches etc from the client machines to the server be all set the exact same –
1 GB and full duplex.  Every single thing in the chain from the computer
to the server must be set the same and they should be 1 GB full duplex for the
best performance.  Auto
negotiate should not be used.  We have many accounts where this
took the time to open large assemblies from being measured in hours to being
measured in minutes.  We have a guy that has traveled to France and
Australia just to ensure that these settings were all the same and all he did
was change auto negotiate to 1 GB full duplex.  He personally witnessed the
difference of 45 minutes on an assembly around your same size to 2 minutes with
only that change made.  But again all the settings for every single thing
from the client to the server including NIC cards and switches must be the same
setting of 1 GB full duplex.
I personally witnessed this with a customer.
From my customer:
“I believe our speed issue is
now resolved. We found a new network card and installed on a client machine.
Speed was set at 1GB full duplex, same as the server. “
They bought NIC cards for 60
dollars for 2 machines because they did not have 1GB capability on those
cards.  Typically, the IT dept does not want to use full duplex,  but
I actually saw that this myself that this was the only change we made – auto to
full duplex and it went from unable to make an unmanaged copy because it was
too slow and would time out (The model I used to do this time study has 3762
files and total size of all the files is 853 MB.) to being able to create
it.  The opening of the model in work in progress from the 32 minutes to
down to 4 minutes.
If you could do some time tests
and get the numbers to compare, then you can tell you if this will help
you.  It is an inexpensive and easy thing to change even just to
test.  I will be glad to help you if you want to send me some numbers, I
can tell you quickly if make this simple setting change will help your speed.
As the system is now and just
testing between the hard drive and the network …
  1.   Find a very large assembly of about 5000 parts or as big as you can get
  2.   Use create unmanaged copy in view and markup to copy that to the local hard drive
    and also to a   network drive that is unmanaged
  3. Also create a zip of that assembly that was copied to the local hard drive
  4. Fill out the chart below using a stopwatch (there are many online)
Hard Drive
Open large assembly
Make change and save large
Open large draft
Update view in large draft
Save large draft
Copy zip of large assembly and
use windows explorer to paste the zip file to location on network unmanaged
where Solid Edge files are located
Madison Rye
Application Engineering Manager
PROLIM PLM Solutions, Inc.

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