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  Asked By: Keaton    Date: Sep 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 4050

Anyone out there ever experience a slow initial page load when trying
to bring up a SharePoint 2003 page? It seems to happen every time
here and we can't really figure out why. I seem to recall running
across an MS document which discussed this some time ago but I can't
find it now.

Any known issues out there or config settings that might help?

We have a demo today and I was hoping to get it squared away before



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Laura Walker     Answered On: Sep 28

we had this happen...

it was related to our PROXY server....

bypass your proxy server, see if it helps...

Proxy servers are evil to sharepoint...

Answer #2    Answered By: Alyssa Butler     Answered On: Sep 28

Many, if not most, slow  connections are DNS related.

In the case of a browser set to use a Proxy server, the URL request is sent, unresolved, to the proxy server for resolution.

Since the site is internal, the external DNS server that the proxy server uses probably cannot resolve the name.

After the DNS resolution fails, the name is resolved by broadcast, WINS or other means and the browser finds the site.

You can configure the browser to bypass the proxy for sites using wildcards, *.domain.com to keep from having to add multiple entries.

This can be configured with Active Directory group policies.

Answer #3    Answered By: Katy Patton     Answered On: Sep 28

What you described was exactly our problem...

Setting *.domain.com will alleviate the situation with certain proxies...

Answer #4    Answered By: Ana Payne     Answered On: Sep 28

This should only happen for the first access of a page  with in a browser session. Web content from the portal or a team site is dynamically generated from the content database. once it is generated most of the content is cached and response should improve. For your demo suggest opening the ihnital page before the demo and minimize the browser until you need it.

Answer #5    Answered By: Hema Hegde     Answered On: Sep 28

It sounds like you are describing the typical experience  with any
.NET-based Web application. The pages are JIT compiled and stored in
memory the first time the site is visited. So, it is the initial  page
load is slow  when trying to bring  up a sharepoint  2003 page.

After a configurable amount of time the cache is flushed and the pages
must be re-JIT compiled the next time the Web site is visited.
Typically, the poor soul that gets into the office early each day must
endure a slow load  the first time the site is visited.

In WSS v2 you could to write a custom "warm up" script to pre-visit each
page. Lots of testing tools including WAS can be scheduled to run at a
specific time to "warm up" the farm just before users begin arriving in
the morning. In WSS v3, they include a "warm up" switch.

I don't remember the WSS v3 command syntax for "warm up".

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