Many PC users have suffered an unnecessary lack of performance during day-to-day tasks. Have you ever asked why that progress bar is moving slower than molasses, or even gone as far to shout obscenities at the screen?
If lack of performance is part of your daily routine, here are some tips that will help your system perform at optimal speed.
Consumer grade network appliances don’t always meet the needs of small to medium sized businesses. However, there are an array of devices on the market designed specifically for multi-user networks that can handle a heavy load.
Network Performance Tips:
Most businesses run applications that require multiple user access. In some cases, the implementation of these applications gets the short end of the stick by being installed on a peer-to-peer environment. The station chose as the “server” is often a desktop already in use by an employee. This might be ideal for sharing a document, but if you’re running a network application with intense processes YOU NEED A SERVER.
To put it plainly, a server is a stand-alone workhorse that should have a fast processor (or multiple processors), at least 1GB of ram (the more the better) and a fast hard drive (SCSI) with sufficient storage.
When your IT administrator recommends a server for your business, please listen. He or she is looking out for your best interests. Using a server will save you the headache of expensive and unnecessary support calls.
Server Performance Tips:
Preloaded software is common with new desktop and notebook PCs. However, there is no reason for having applications loaded into memory if they aren’t being utilized. Ask your IT administrator to remove any unnecessary programs.
Antivirus or security software can be a necessary annoyance that slows down your daily tasks. This type of software usually has options to allow exclusions for the good purpose of not interfering with your business applications.
Workstation Performance Tips:
There are many variables when it comes to achieving optimal performance of the computers used to manage your company. Following the tips above are a starting point for gaining the speed you need to get the job done.
Mike J. Stearns is Director of IT Operations at AccuBuild. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-728-6853 ext. 805.
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