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Optimising map cache creation performance in ArcGIS for Server 10.2.1

Question asked by dan_h_b on Mar 21, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 24, 2014 by dan_h_b
I'm relatively new to ArcGIS for Server, so I hope that someone is able to point me in the right direction in case what I've been doing isn't good practice.

I have 2 boxes with ArcGIS for server 10.2.1, both on the same site. Both boxes have 4 processors and 16gb RAM. Both boxes run on Windows Server 2008.

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The site is used to both provide a couple of base map services to a small amount of users (<5) and to generate cache tiles for future services.

I am currently generating cache tiles for a mapping service (~50GB). I would have expected to see the CPU usage on the 2 boxes running quite high. But it tends to be sitting between 15% and 30% on each box.

The maximum instances for the caching tools is set to 6

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The maximum number of instances per machine is set to 3.

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Am I wrong in assuming that I should be seeing a higher usage of the CPU?

Have I not put in the correct figures?

Or is my set-up not best practice? i.e. should I be using one site just for serving maps and another site just for caching?

I think I've followed the guidelines mentioned here and here. But I'm pretty sure that the caching is running slower than it should. After 19 hours it has only cached 1.17% of all my tiles.

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Any best practice suggestions/ recommendations much welcome.

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