Speed up directory access with many files over network connections

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2006-11-18

On Windows 2000 I want to access a directory on a Windows XP Professional pc with many files (1000+) in windows explorer. This takes about 10 - 20 seconds. What can I do to speed up this process?
Question by:ahanzl
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    Expert Comment

    This might depend on your hardware. What are the PC specs on the machines and what type of network connection do you have between them (10/100/1000?)? Also, what type of network hardware do they connect to? Are they on a hub or switch. What is the speed of the network hardware?

    Author Comment

    No more network traffic on a 100 mbit LAN.

    The windows xp "server" is a 1GB ram, 2.6Ghz, the client a 1.6ghz 256mb ram machine. There is a 8 port netgear switch.
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