Print Document optimal properties. Close at End? Save document?
This is for BT2016. I'm running many integrations from csv files. Right now they scan (Notifications only) a drop folder that's dedicated to a specific printer, and look for a file pattern that's specific and matches to a single .btw file. We may have up to 4-5 individual integrations for a single label file, each specifying a separate printer.
The only Action is Print Document, and in the Document section of that I specify the file path, and there are two check boxes under it, "Close at end of print job", "Save document at end of print job" and "Skip thumbnail regeneration". Most of our files have Close unchecked and Save and Skip checked. Since this all runs as a service, I'm wondering if things might run smoother if these documents were closed and not saved instead. No changes are being made to the template, it's just reading a new input data file (which does get renamed as part of File Detection). And if all btw files are remaining open in memory, that might slow things down too.
The server running this version of BarTender 2016 is very very slow and unstable compared to our older 10.1 systems, so I'm trying to make sure we don't have any unnecessary complexity
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- What Windows version are you currently on?
- Did this performance and instability issue appear directly after upgrading to BarTender 2016, or did it gradually get worse?
- Have you tried restarting the BarTender Services? You can find them on the BarTender Administration Console, on the "Windows Services" tab. Sometimes restarting these services does the trick.
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Windows Server 2016 Datacenter. My understanding is that this has been gradually getting worse and it was not as unstable and slow when it was launched. We run a very limited number of integrations on this server compared to the older server with BT 10.1. I haven't specifically tried just restarting BarTender Services, but I do have to reboot almost weekly because all integrations just stop working and the reason in the error message is blank.
Often, after reboot, or after an integration deploy, the Integrations page on admin console will say that the Integration Service isn't running, but the Windows Services tab will say that all services are running (and I can see it in Task Manager too). Usually it'll still process and print during that state, and then after several minutes will finally display properly in the Integrations screen.
I or my colleague will have to spend some time with the support team on these issues, but I still am curious about the original question in this post. With this type of integration, do I want to close at end of print job, and do I want to Save document at end of print job? If it's not closed, does that mean it (and all other btw files) are taking up memory on the server? Seems I'd rather not do that unless it's a heavy running label. And I don't see value in saving the file automatically as part of the integration if nothing is changing, but that probably doesn't matter in the long run.
How about settings in the scan folder for the trigger file? Is it less resource intensive to have dozens (or hundreds) of separate integrations be triggered by notifications or by polling the folder? Is there a certain time interval on polling that is recommended, if the priority is system stability?0
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