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When I open an excel file over the network, the file opens up but I can't click any of the columns/cells until appox 10 seconds later.  Very annoying - happenning on all pc's w/different antivirus - also tried shutting off antivirus on server temporarily.  Same files run from c drive open instantly - files are not very big (1 sheet, w/500 values).   PDF's open slow too.  
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by:ComputerTechie
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set your antivirus software to check on write not on read.

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by:JimData
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I have turned the antivirus off completely and it has no effect

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how fast is your data connection?

how much quicker is it on local harddrive?

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by:JimData
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Local hard drive - approx 1-2 seconds

I setup a bat file that copies the file from the server to the local hard drive then opens it.  It takes approx 2-3 seconds.

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are the files on a compress drive that would slow down the file transfer is there a filewall?

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by:JimData
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No - brand new dell server w/fast hard drives
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Drives are not compressed
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i was was thing how quick is a data transfer?

for example if you play a movie clip on the server or copy a large file from the server.

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I wrote a bat job that copies the file from the server to the local hard drive then opens it up.  So the transfer is very quick - less than 1 second.  This takes 2-3 seconds. When excel on the client pc requests the file from the server, it takes 10 seconds.  This is repeatable across other client pc's.
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do the clients have write access the the folder?
this could show down the file opening

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by:JimData
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Yes - client can write to the folder.  They can open the file and save it from the shared folder.  The only problem is the time to open and make the file ready for changes.

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