Now is the time to get your Accounting CS software tuned up for tax season. Here are some easy ways to make sure your software is working at its best:
Review the System Requirements
Do your current workstations and network systems meet the minimum requirements and recommended specifications for running our applications? Do your server and your workstations have sufficient RAM? How modern are your server and workstation processors? Do you have enough free disk space? You’ll find information that will help you answer all of these questions and more on our System Requirements page
Re-Evaluate Your Network Setup
If you’re currently using a peer-to-peer network, you may want to consider upgrading to a dedicated server, a terminal services environment, and/or virtualized architecture that runs a network operating system such as Microsoft® Windows®Server 2008 R2. These systems are built specifically for processing large amounts of data and may significantly improve your network performance.
It’s also a good idea to evaluate your network server setup. If you’re using a single server for your entire network, it’s likely acting as an email server, web server, print server, terminal server, and more, in addition to its file serving role. Each of these tasks creates an additional load on the server and affects processing time. You may want to consider dedicating one machine as a file server only and using separate servers to handle additional roles.
Review the Settings for Your Antivirus Software
Overly aggressive virus scanning can damage data files and slow down application processes. You should make sure that your antivirus software is not scanning the WINCSI folder in real time. In addition, if antivirus software is installed on all of your PCs and servers, you should disable network drive scanning for each of those workstations and the server to reduce redundant scanning and minimize related performance issues. Each workstation and server should have its own antivirus application installed, and it should scan files only on the device on which it is installed.
Disable Background Programs If Possible
Many processes run in the background on Windows operating systems, and each process uses resources such as memory, processor time, and network bandwidth. These processes compete with your application software for memory and other resources.
If any of your main programs (such as CS Professional Suite applications) appear to be running too slowly, try disabling some background applications to see if it results in better performance. Antivirus applications should be disabled only temporarily to test performance and should be re-enabled after testing is complete.
Use Windows System Tools to Help Maximize Performance of Your Workstations and Network
You should run ScanDisk and Disk Cleanup periodically on a set schedule. It’s also a good idea to run Disk Defragmenter periodically to improve the performance of your workstations. You should also have your network technician read the event logs from time to time to review errors, disk space, and other system messages. Performance monitoring can also assist your technician in identifying possible hardware bottlenecks.
You’ll find more ways to optimize your network performance in our Help & How-To Center.