Question about how to compare NFS and CIFS

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Mon Feb 9 20:34:53 GMT 2004

On Tue, 2004-02-10 at 01:43, David Collier-Brown wrote:
> 1) Features
>       i) per-user versus per-machine authentication.
> 	Samba does the former, as doies pc-nfs, regular nfs
> 	does the latter.
>      ii) AD support - samba natively, NFS with external tools only
>     iii) etc, etc
> Performance
>       Hard to quantify: On Linux, SMB performance improved
> 	substantially with the new kernel.
>       Best done by benchmarking: I've used dbench to stress
> 	nfs servers in the past, and that tools uses the
> 	same loads and smbtorture, so you can do **oredr of
> 	magnitude** compariusons. Just don't expect 10% differences
> 	to be significant (;-))

You just did his homework for him!

(And if that wasn't a pre-canned homework question, then I really am


Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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