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Speeding Up Access Performance Link 
Richard Rost     
16 days ago
I've been asked a few times this past week if I had any tips on increasing the speed and performance of Access databases. Yeah, I've got LOTS of them.

Who here would be interested in me putting together some videos on Access performance tips? I could probably make a whole seminar on them. I could either list them off quickly OR show you how to actually implement them.

Tell me what you want to see.
Bonnie Staib    
14 days ago
Richard, I would very much like some videos on Access performance or a whole seminar on it!  I find that when a second person logs on to Access (thus 2 working over our LAN) the second person's performance is very slow.  I am trying to find time to see what I can do to speed it up, but your suggestions would be a huge help. Thanks!
Bonnie
Richard Rost    
14 days ago
Bonnie, that's interesting. Split database on a network?
Bonnie Staib    
13 days ago
Yes, Richard, it is a split database on our office network. Only two machines try to use access. I have thought of having runtime on other machines, but have not had time to do that, and so far it does not seem necessary.  I am sure I can trim some of the queries and am working on that, it's just that my time is very limited for development and I need to do my regular work as well!  I had hoped the changeover to Win 10 would make it smoother, but the slowness continues.
Bonnie
Richard Rost    
13 days ago
So is it the REMOTE machine (the machine that the database files don't actually reside on) that runs slow, or is it always the SECOND user to open the database? Is this peer-to-peer or do you have the back-end ACCDB file on an actual file server? Usually the bottleneck is network congestion. People tell me that THEY can use the database OK, but everyone else is slow and that's because the data is actually ON their computer. Everyone else has to pull it over the network.

Runtime seminar coming soon!
Bonnie Staib    
9 days ago
Richard, the remote machine is always the one to run slow.  Working on the main machine (the "server" tho it is simply another desktop) works fine.  When someone is working on the remote, it is slower. When someone is working on the remote while another person is working in Access on the server, it slow even more.  Thanks for asking more, and looking forward to the runtime seminar.  Bonnie
Miosotis Moses    
9 days ago
I would love to know more how to do that. Right now my database is grown and I process the Compact and Repair but still kind of slow. I have my tables in SQL and front end in access.
Richard Rost    
9 days ago
Bonnie, your situation sounds more like a network speed issue. How is it transferring files over the network? Also, if you copy the ACCDB database file to the "slow" PC does it run OK there? That will tell you whether or not it's a network issue or if it's just THAT machine that is processing slow. The latter just means it's time to upgrade the PC. The former means you have a slow network. You MAY be able to optimize the amount of data being sent over the network. For example, when you open forms, don't open them to show ALL records, only those you need. I'll cover that in the Seminar.
Chris Bezant    
9 days ago
Hello Rick
I am on a home network and put my tables on a NAS drive for my shared split databases. Performance is noticeably slower than tables on a local drive. Any pointers on improving response times would be most welcome.
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