Slow access to network shares - Win 2000 accessing Win 8 Share
Posted on 2014-04-16
We have a metal punch machine using a Win 2000 based controller, with specialist software sat on it (all of this has been installed by the machine manufacturer, and according to them it cannot be updated) - the software looks at a network drive / UNC Path to pick up its configuration data for jobs.
Previously, that data was on a Windows XP Machine with a shared folder, but we recently replaced that PC with a Windows 8 PC. I've setup the shares on the Win 8 PC, setup the permissions etc and continue to use it.
The problem we have, is that the specialist software running on the machine, has a 30 second ~ 1 minute delay between clicking 'open' and the list of files/jobs being shown.
I've googled this but not found much info - i'm wondering if this is a common problem between 2000 and Win 7 / 8 and if anyone has a work-around?
I've tried accessing the Win8 share from newer machines (Win7 / XP) and they access it without any delay.
As an alternative I can consider storing the job data on a Win 2003 server - not tried that yet but if theres no easy fix i'll give that a go.