[Samba] Very slow initial opening MS-Word and MS-Excel files from Samba

Alex Crow acrow at integrafin.co.uk
Wed Jun 13 19:01:02 GMT 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-13 at 13:03 -0400, Berend Tober wrote:
> Alex Crow wrote:
> > This wasn't a migration from an NT domain was it? We had the problem
> > after a migration that starting up Office programs was incredibly slow -
> > it turned out there were a load of Office registry entries pointing to
> > UNC paths on the old Windows PDC.
> > 
> No. Not NT. Previous file server was Netware 5.1 (and 4.2, 4.1, and 
> 4.0... before that). Never had the problem on those machines. (And as a 
> salute to Novell, it is pretty impressive to note that the machine we 
> retired was a 1.5Ghz P4 w/ 512MB RAM and it was readily able to keep up 
> with two dozen desktop clients that universally had better CPU and RAM 
> specs! The new box is substantially more capable with 16x the RAM, for 
> starters).
> Under Netware the local workstation users did not have to explicitly map 
> drive letters, because Netware had a login script utility that handled 
> that. In the new environment we just established each client with 
> "reconnect at login" drive letter mappings to the corresponding Samba 
> shares to where all the files had been copied to from the legacy Netware 
> server -- so everyone that had made desktop shortcuts into often-used 
> sub-directories on the old server were still able to use them on the new 
> server when the showed up on Monday morning. Those desktop shortcuts are 
> certainly not the source of the problem, though, because I'm debugging 
> by navigating to the file location directly in Windows Explorer, or 
> using the File|Open dialog from the main menu in either app.

Just an idea - we found things that were completely unrelated to how we
thought the previous setup would be. It still might be worth scanning
the registry on a couple of client machines though.



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