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workgroup - does searching "my computer" search the shares as well on other pcs?  If yes / does that slow all pcs down?

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workgroup - does searching "my computer" search the shares as well on other pcs?  If yes / does that slow all pcs down?

Having issues with all pcs in workgroup intermitently slowing down

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Yes (It shares a scan across a domain shard directory so it is a slow link anyway). But you can pseed it up by using local scans instead of cross-site scripting run commands and ease the burden onm the network shares.
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worded,

only if netbios is enabled

Regards,

James
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Do i need netbios enabled on an xp workgroup with one network printer?
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if you want to browse to it yes, if you want to use unc pathing (\\Server\Printer) then no
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In any network there is a slow down on the wire as the workgroup PC's are refereshing their lists of available shares and checking netbios names to see who's actually available.

If you have a lot of shares, then you may want to consolidate some folders, then map your most common ones used. You can also map your printer which helps a lot if you have not done so.

You may also want to check a few things liek your firewall, and Anti-Virus on each PC to exclude scanning and updating that are occuring during working hours (windows, antivirus, etc). If you use file versioning (office backs up copies of files every few minutes in case of an outage - but takes up bandwidth) or anything like folder synchroization between PCs (Microsoft Groove, etc) for office files, you may want to limit these functions runtimes.

If you have a large set of batches that post to your printer, and the spool is short or memory low, it will slow links down until the spool runs through its memory thread. This can be quite a lag for some. Just a few thoughts to try out.
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