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Proxy settings and Scribe speed

I was working on a Scribe job on a client site.

The job migrated data from CRM4 to CRM2011.

It worked perfectly, although slowly. Running the job on other machines showed that it ran much faster. So this pointed to an incorrect configuration on my machine.

After much investigation we identified that the slowness was caused by the proxy settings on my machine.

In Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, Connections tab

Click the LAN Settings button and you’ll see something like this:

Now these settings seemed correct, and my internet browsing worked perfectly.

However, the ISA server for the network I’m working on isn’t configured to supply the configuration settings. In normal internet browsing, if Internet Explorer will attempt to query for these settings and if nothing is returned then it will go direct (ie, no proxy). In normal internet browsing, this will cause a delay but it’s often not noticed because it’s small.

However, for Scribe usage, where we’re firing off many requests then this timing becomes important, as Scribe is continually waiting for a resposne for the proxy settings.

So, unticking ‘Automatically detect settings’ resolved the speed issue.

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