Access Database Performs Slows on Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2005-03-03
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I have a client website that is unfortunately, powered by MS Access.  The nature of the db is a customer list where selects and updates are done very often.  There are about 3-5 users logged in and performing these tasks at a time.  This is on a windows 2003 server.

The Problem:

The performance of the site begins to diminish after a while.  It will take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to return a result, where it used to take 2-3 seconds.  If we restart the server, performance is returned, but over time, it degrades.  Can you suggest what the causes could be of this declining performance?  Are there issues with Access and Windows 2003?  What are potential coding issues that should be looked at or examined?  

As a footnote - this site used to exist on a Windows 2000 server, where it performed just fine.  It was only when we moved to 2003 that we started seeing these issues arise -- the coding was unchanged.

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CarlWarner earned 1000 total points
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Which version of Access?

Windows 2003 Server should be better than Windows 2000 Server, IMO.  In fact, I'm on a Win2003 Server box typing this.

I would tend to think that Windows is not the problem, but more how it was configured/setup.  

AntiVirus software can make database apps pay a performance penalty, especially when both the local PCs and the Server are double scanning the same darn file(s).  Maybe you can figure out how to exclude yourAccess .mdb file from being scanned at the local PC level, assuming of course your server has A/V software protection in place.  Many times good performance gains can be obtained from stopping the dual scanning of files you are trying to get to on an already protected server.

Of course, there could be many more configuration issues on the newer server that have to do with networking and how the packets are sent back and forth on your network as compared to the old server that worked fine.

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