Windows network is slow.
If you test with a single file, you can transfer at high speed.
If you test with a bunch of small files, it'll choke.
There are settings on the servers and clients to reduce the problem.
Check respond time of file request.
In this case :
Total size : 67 MB
File count : 804
Despite Windows Network is slow, 3 minutes to save is too long.
How do you suggest to chec response time of file request?
Sorry, don't know how to monitor network latency or respond time.
I do notice lots of problem even when copying folder with lots of files across the network.
Window will stop and think for a while before going to the network.
Sometime it'll fail and stop.
Similar problem on ERP/database running on Windows network.
Just about everyone who's administered Solidworks on a Network has encountered this issue-including me.
the reason file saves are taking so long as that Solidworks files are compressed and re-organized on save. While you may have a 67 Mb file tree, Solidworks is using gigabytes of Ram that it has to package into that file. Additionally Solidworks reads and loads information from the file in a constantly during the editing session and instead of using the front-side bus to the hard drive it's using your CAT 6 cable. So even if you have Raid10, your gigabit network doesn't have the bandwidth to serve as the file bus between the CPU and the drive.
Solidworks preferred installation model is a transactional vault system where files are served to the client machine by a running process and and then copied back to the server with updates. There are several third party software packages that support this model and Solidworks Professional comes with Solidworks PDM Standard. (2016 and later, 2012 came with Workgroup PDM which is no longer supported)
I know Anna Wood ran her shop on a Network for a while but she had some pretty robust hardware and I think she was running fiber. You might want to solicit her help but unless you have very special requirements, getting a PDM system to manage the files is the way to go.
Thanks for the information. I understand the problem now.
I'll inform my customer :
Use 10 Gbps switch & fiber
No fiber between our machines and the servers, Cat 5 wire that was installed when the building was constructed in 1998.
Still run all of our files off the network, never any issues for us with latency.
The distance between our workstations and the server room is about 40-50 feet.
No PDM installed ? What is the project size ? If you open task manager, does Solidworks is able to use most of the bandwidth ?
100 parts to 1000-2000 parts on a bigger piece of equipment.
I have no idea if SolidWorks uses all the bandwidth. Never looked because I have never needed to. It is not instant, but never enough of a lag to get worked up about.
Our files store on an assigned area of a 16 drive network storage array. Not a new one either, it is quite a few years old.
How many users are vying for bandwidth on the pipe to your files?
When I've done the test : only 1 user