I've been arguing with my Cad Manager on the cause of our frequent (1 to
4 times a day each) crashes of Acad 2000 among five draftsmen. He has
no idea why. I say it's our underpowered network, but he will not
listen (He's an old DOS man, was very good at that, but never got the
hang of the windows enviroment).
Our setup: Acad 2000, network version with 6 licenses. ADLM is
installed on a P266, 32m RAM platform. All drawings are kept on a P200,
32m RAM platform that also runs the network (Win95 peer to peer, 10
mips, 6 drafting puters, 8 engineering puters), is used for internet
access, and is the server for our plotter. All other machines are at
least P200's, all with 32m RAM.
Our crashes mostly consist of hangups in the middle of or upon
completion of a command, starting with one or two machines then getting
progressively worse. Often, ControlAltDelete is the only way to back
out of Acad, with a loss of work. At the worst of times, shutting down
this central computer that runs the network and restarting it will solve
our problems for a day or so. This leads me to believe that we need to
at least triple the RAM in this machine (ideally, get it well over 128)
and to change the server to NT.
Am I right in thinking that the computer where the drawings are stored
is seriously underpowered for all the tasks it must take care of?
Yes, the drawing file server is seriously inadequate. At a minimum, you need
to boost the RAM and convert the OS to something more stable than Windows
9x. It would be better, though, to get a network consultant to install a
real server that's appropriately designed for the load (OS, memory, hard
disk space, backup system, etc.) and configured for its uses (file serving,
Internet, and whatever else).
Actually take a look at Microsoft Small Business Server
http://www.microsoft.com/SmallBusinessServer/ I have a 4 CAD, 2 Mcads and 2
LT's installed local and get a license from the server (an ALR8300(Gateway
Inc.)) If you have to upgrade hardware you have to give SBS a look, here is
a link to a preconfiged SBS
Pre-Wel Mfg Corp
Mark Middlebrook wrote in message
> Yes, the drawing file server is seriously inadequate. At a minimum, you
> to boost the RAM and convert the OS to something more stable than Windows
> 9x. It would be better, though, to get a network consultant to install a
> real server that's appropriately designed for the load (OS, memory, hard
> disk space, backup system, etc.) and configured for its uses (file
> Internet, and whatever else).
> - Mark Middlebrook