ArcGIS across VPN network, very slow.

Discussion created by dmede on Jun 15, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 12, 2012 by mlou1
Not sure where this belongs, hope I got the right forum.

I'm working for a firm where I access GIS data and .mxd files across a VPN network from one state to another. The "server" is a separate drive on a regular desktop computer that is actively used during the day, it is not a dedicated server but it is a newer machine.

The connection is extremely slow to the point that map redraws will take 30 seconds where they should only take 2 or 3. Is there any basic wisdom on how to set up Arc for use in an environment where multiple users in different offices need to access the same .mxds and data? My feeling is that the server should be a dedicated machine, how important is that? or will it still be slow if using the same VPN connections and networks?