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What are the typical signs of a slow server in Access

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I have an access application showing errors spontaneously. Such as; opening a form and no subform and no subform data is available. I think that some tables on the server are just not coming through at all or quickly enough. So the link does not seem to be made to the data or the link gets broken.

The client concerned tells me that at this time of year the accounts dept. run some data queries that over load the server causing other programs like sage to crash.

I have exactly the same access program working with other servers without any sign of a problem
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by:COACHMAN99
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You didn't pose a question, but it sounds like you have the answer?
This is probably server not LAN. Assuming you have a front-end/back-end setup, can you not place the back-end on another machine?
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Well I had assumed (always dangerous) that if a server was available that that was the best place for the data to go. Is that not the case? will it work better running from another PC?

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Assuming you have a front-end database, and a back-end database (i.e. two Access files, not a single-file system) the back-end (or the only file) can reside on any machine.
Unless the application has only one user, the database is usually split into two files.
If there are multiple users on different workstations then the back-end should reside on a mapped drive, and a copy of the front-end should be on each workstation. The front-end (forms, queries,, reports etc.) should be linked to the back-end (tables and shared data).
If the 'server' is overloaded, and the LAN not, then another (accessible) machine can act as the 'server'. (remember to include the back-end in any back-up policies.
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A few details will help.
1. do you have a split database (or a single file)?
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It is a split database. It is deployed as you suggest. I am simply shocked that another machine is as good a place for a file as a server for access data location. But as most workstations are under utilised I guess it is a logical step to stick the data on another PC.

So I guess that a server is more about security and backup than anything else?
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Security, reliability, backup, accessibility, and (usually) performance.
If the server is doing a processing job (like SQL Server or Exchange) then its performance is more important. As a file-server (MS Access), not so much.
If the chosen workstation is being used then probably not much gain, but an interesting experiment into where the performance is being lost (LAN vs server)
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Thank you!

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I hope it works out - don't forget the backups :-)
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