AutoDesk's Revit Slows down in the afternoon

We're having performance issues running Revit that seem to vary based on the time of day.  Users seem to have trouble drawing ducts.   Normally their computers are adequate speed wise but in the afternoon things grind down to the point that it's difficult to do any drawing at all.   We typically run into slowness around 3 PM  with it extending into the 6 to 7 PM time.   Mornings are typically not a problem.

We're running SBS 2003 on our server.   Desktop users are running Dell Precision 490s w Windows XP Pro x64 with 12 GB of RAM and reasonable video cards.   Our network runs through a GB switch.  We have about 10 users on our system at peak times.  Our Network Antivirus is Trend Micro Worry Free Business Advanced 6.0 SP2.   I've killed all of the Trend Micro services on the server and unloaded the workstation client thinking that could be the issue but it doesn't seem to make much difference.  

I've used Task Manager to look at the running processes (one user has 41 the other 49).   I don't see anything that is close to consuming the computers resources.   Typically we're using about 3.5 GB of RAM according to Task Manager.

Any thoughts as to what my phantom is would be appreciated.
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Try unplugging a workstation from the network in the afternoon and see if it experiences the same slow down. If if does NOT then you know that there is something going on over the network. If you no longer have a slow down when the other workstations do, then you have do go do some network investigation.

It it you still have a slow down you might check some other software to see if it is slowing down too. AutoCAD Revit is a hog when it comes to system resources which means you should test the system with another system resource intensive program. I would suggest an image editing program with a very large raster image loaded, such as Paint Shop Pro or Photo Shop. Of course you would have benchmark the results against another time when you know that everything is operating at speed.
Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
Are you using automatic updates on your network and if so what time are they set to install?  Are there any scheduled tasks running on the workstations like defragmentation or other disk intensive operations which could explain the performance dip?


kdubendorfAuthor Commented:
Andy, we're running auto updates but I believe they happen during the night.   I will check that.

No there are no other processes that are kicking off on the workstations.

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