[Samba] load balancing CIFS/Samba

Nir Soffer nirs at exanet.com
Wed Aug 21 19:37:09 GMT 2002

> Hi Folks,
> I'm trying out some ideas for loadbalancing Samba servers with some 
> replication underneath. Right now, we're trying to use DNS 
> round robin, 
> just to see if it works, but it isn't.
> Our basic config is that we have the same share and NMB 
> server name on 
> every node. Each node has a different IP hostname, which are all 
> round-robin'ed to a single hostname. When we try to do requests from 
> clients on the same subnet, everything grinds to a halt. It 
> looks like all 
> of our requests are being responded to by every node.
> Does that make sense? Does anyone have any insight into 
> loadbalancing CIFS 
> that they might share?

Try killing nmbd and relying on DNS resolving.

If you can't kill nmbd you'll have to rely on a virtual IP mechanism.

Just curious - what's the underlying filesystem? You may run into a
bottleneck there.


Nir Soffer -=- Software Engineer, Exanet Inc. -=-
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 O, are they merely crying, father? / Yes, true weeping is yet to come"
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