August 2012, Volume 3, Issue 8 BENTLY NEVADA™ SYSTEM 1® TIPS & TRICKSDear System 1® User,In this issue of System 1 Tips and Tricks, we’ll show you how to do periodic maintenance to keep System 1 running at peakperformance. We will go through a couple of things that can be done to improve the plotting speed and general response time tocommands.We hope you enjoy this issue!Sincerely,Your North America FAE teamThis month’s tip by: Stuart Rochon, Field Application Engineer, Chester, SCVersions: User Level:All Power User Diagnostic UserApplies to: IT GroupSystem 1 Database and Performance Mid Level User Occasional User New User Periodic maintenance to improve System 1 response time1 First, let’s look at some background. Part of this article describes how to remove Historical Configurations to speed up system performance. System 1 has a Restore feature that can be used by our Technical Support group in case a major error occurs in the configuration causing a failure of the system or a change was made and nobody can remember what was changed. The historical configuration file can be sent to Minden (Corporate) tech support and the historical version of the configuration can be extracted from the historical configuration. The historical configuration file can grow quite large with every saved change that has ever been made. If you have a stable and happy system that has not been changed for a month or more, you can go in and clean out these old configurations. Of course, it’s always a good idea to run a back-up before doing anything major to the system. Step 1: To start the clean up, go to “Start” → “All Programs” → “System1” → “Tools” → “System 1 Database Tools”
2 This takes you to the “Database Tools” Screen Click on the connect icon just under the word “Server” to bring up the server select option. This will have the local server name in it most of the time (unless somebody changed the defaults). Select the required server and click “OK”. Hint: If the correct server name is not displayed in the “Select SQL Server” box, I recommend typing it in (if you know the name) instead of using the drop down to scan for all the SQL servers on your network as this could take some time.3 You now should see a screen similar to this one
4 Select the Enterprise database you want to optimize and you will see the Configuration and Historical Databases in the right hand pane.5 Once you’ve highlighted the correct database, click on the “Enterprise” drop down and select “Remove Historical Configurations”..
6 Step 2: Re-indexing and Defragmenting the Databases. Select the database for the Enterprise you want to optimize, right click on it and select “Rebuild Indexes”. Right Click Hint: Choosing “Rebuild Indexes” will force the system to go through the storage structure of the database and update its "Map" of where data is stored. Choosing “Rebuild Indexes” sorts the "Map" into a logical order. Doing both of these for the Configuration and the Historical Databases can take a long time so be patient and start the Indexing of the databases before you go home for the day, then check on it when you return. The combination of these can get you a 5-7% increase in plotting speed. Results may vary depending on number of times the system has been upgraded and how often changes are made to the configuration.7 Step 3: Defrag the hard drive and clean up the temporary folders. The Last two items to speed up the system are oldies but goodies that often are overlooked. Defrag the hard drives: The procedure varies from operating system to operating system but generally, if you right click on the “My Computer” icon on the desktop and select “Manage” it will bring up the correct window. Select the Disk Defragmenter and choose a Drive to defragment.
8 Select the Disk Defragmenter and choose a Drive to defragment. Hint: Defrag can take a long time especially for the drives that have the databases on them. The wait is worth it in the end as the hard drive does not have to "hunt" for data once it is properly organized.9 Step 4: Remove Unnecessary files from the hard drive—Incidentally, Defrag can also be found here with the “System Tools”.
1 Clean up “Temporary Internet Files”, “Recycle Bin”, “Temporary Files” and any other space consuming0 dead files to free up hard drive space.DID YOU KNOW?Bently Nevada’s Technical Support Portal is available to all customers with a valid Technical Support Agreement.At this portal you can download manuals, software updates and patches, publications, peruse answer cards andfind many additional tools. Most System 1 customers have a current Technical Support Agreement (TSA) and canaccess the portal with their TSA number. The portal can be found at this link: http://www.bntechsupport.comBently Nevada Technical Support:email@example.comBently Nevada website:http://www.ge-mcs.com/en/bently-nevada.htmlSystem 1 Blog (You’ll need to join the forum):http://supportcentral.ge.com/blog/blogs_frame.asp?prod_id=20858