I have a customer with 5 computers. They all run Windows 7 Home or Professional.
One of the PCs has Windows 7 Professional with two hard drives. The first HD is for OS and the other for Data. From 2nd HD I setup Share folders so that other computers can store/retrieve files. There is IP based copier(scanner/printer) and three hubs/switches.
They are lawyers, so they surf the internet and work on mostly WORD documents all day
Overall this setup has been working well for them even though I recommended "File Server based network" for many years, but he refused to spend money for it.
Anyway in recent days he complained that it takes up to 15 seconds to open folders (in MS WORD) from the computer (File Server/Workstation). Whenever I connect to his computer at night, all is great and he agrees. The problem is during the day. Another thing is that he access the shared folder called "DC" quite often and the DC folder has 11,290 files and 421 folders and total folder size is 16GB. The DC has over 2,200 files alone.
Any reason why there is such a delay during the day?
I am almost thinking that the intermittant delays stem from peer-to-peer setup.
That workstaiton/File Server PC that his legal secretary uses gets used all day long by her. She runs WORD/EXCEL/OUTLOOK/QUICKBOOKS and Internet.
The other day it took so long to open the shared folder, so he had to ask her close all the programs/files so that he can open the folder faster.
Is there that much difference between File Server and Peer-toPeer Network on 5 user network? I would imagine there is, but this much dealy should be expected?
Thanks for your help in advance.