[FX.php List] Using a web app over a VPN

Chris Hansen chris at iViking.org
Thu Mar 25 09:43:02 MDT 2010


I just realized that I've been in a similar situation to yours.  As in  
your case, I had no control over the server.  And they were Windows  
servers.  I'm not sure what the problem was, but it had something to  
do with "packets being dropped" between the two machines.  Yeah,  
that's pretty vague, but it does sound like what could well be going  
on in your case.  Unfortunately, I have no means of getting additional  
details.  (I spoke with my client, who spoke to his contact, who spoke  
with the network guys...)

The thing is, I would think that the logs would indicate that there  
were problems.  Is there any way your client would look for a more  
responsive provider?  (My guess is no, since much of what you've said  
makes it sound to me like they've been using these guys for some  
time.)  *sigh*

May the FMorce be with you...


On Mar 24, 2010, at 4:31 PM, Bob Patin wrote:

> On Mar 24, 2010, at 4:20 PM, Gjermund Gusland Thorsen wrote:
>> Is it really slow, or is it taking long before something happens at
>> normal speed?
> The web server itself isn't slow, but when it starts to do a  
> transaction, it takes forever; you can see it yourself at this link:
> https://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/ticket_date.php
> This is a simple little page that does one query and pulls 4 records  
> (the ticket types offered on the web). Should take nothing to do.
> Pick any date after April 8th (dates before then aren't available-- 
> the 8th is opening day).
> You'll see that the 2nd page takes at least 10-20 seconds, sometimes  
> as much as a minute, to process; there are only 2 queries on the  
> page. Again, it should be pretty snappy.
> The woman at the company asked one of the tech geeks to look at my  
> PHP to "see if there was anything wrong with it." Totally pissed me  
> off, considering that a) he doesn't know squat about PHP, and b)  
> I've already shown them that it runs great on my machines, and c) it  
> ran fine when the 2 machines were in a LAN. But this is what you get  
> sometimes with clients...
>> 1) taking long before something happens at normal speed is very often
>> meaning DNS problem, check if the problem varporizes if you use IP
>> addresses instead of names
> Not using a name to define the location of the WPE. Can't use an IP  
> for the transactions because it's using an SSL certificate; I'd test  
> with an IP address if I knew their directory structure, but I don't.
> If you try the link above but without "https" you'll see the same  
> slowness.
> If whatever they try tonight doesn't solve it, I may ask them for  
> the whole directory path so that we can test with an IP address...
> However, it's not a speed issue with either machine; I've done speed  
> tests on the database server, by using Remote Desktop to get to it,  
> and it's always running at least at 1.5Mbs, usually faster, and 2.6  
> download. The web server's on a 100MBs pipe.
> Bob
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