Tech Tip: Scheduling Distributed Computing Cluster to Run During Off-Peak Hours
By: Eric Cressey
Distributed Computing Cluster is a powerful addition to the Laserfiche suite that improves server performance and load handling by offloading expensive processing work onto other machines. Because DCC has minimal system requirements and its performance scales with each machine added to the cluster, you can use it to transform older machines into productive members of the Laserfiche system.
You can even install DCC on user workstations! If you do, you’ll want to ensure that DCC does not run while the user is working; DCC will try to use all the processing resources it can and might impact the performance of the applications the user is working in. Luckily, you can avoid this issue and use Windows Task Scheduler and PowerShell to only allow DCC to run during off-peak hours when the user impact would be minimal.
For example, you could create a task in Windows Task Scheduler that enables all of the DCC workers in the cluster every night at 7:00 P.M. Then, you could create a task that runs each morning and disables all of the DCC workers before users arrive at work. That way, DCC could work through its list of documents to OCR each night without affecting users. With Windows Task Scheduler and DCC’s PowerShell modules, you can configure your system to run any of DCC’s administrative tasks on a schedule that works for you.
To learn more about scheduling DCC to run during off-peak hours, please see this page in the DCC help.