variable share connect times ... how to speed up ?
randy at essex.ac.uk
Fri Apr 7 15:41:41 GMT 2000
Many apologies if the following is covered in the documentation, but
I've looked through it all and can't find it.
My question: what conditions affect the speed with which samba
allocates a share requested by a client and how can I speed up the
Background: I have a number of NT 4/SP 4 clients accessing a number of
Unix boxes running samba 2.0.6 which are, in turn, known by a variable
number of netbios names.
The speed with which an NT client connects to a share on a samba server
depends on the netbios name by which the server is called.
Connecting to another share using the same netbios name reuses an smbd
process on the server and is therefore quicker than starting a new one
(and authenticating the client).
On average I can connect to a share about 50% quicker if I re-use a
server's netbios name, which comes out to about 2.5 to 3 seconds in my
case. Sometimes, however, I can make an almost instantaneous connexion
(> 200 ms), but I can't figure out why. It seems to have something to
do with re-using an smbd process that was established when NT mounted
my home directory (as stored in my profile), but that's as much as I
can make out.
Randy Banks (randy at essex.ac.uk)
ISER, University of Essex
Colchester, Essex, UK CO4 3SQ
tel: +44 (0)1206 873 067; fax: +44 (0)1206 873 151
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