[Samba] Samba Performance Questions (1 share for ALL user homes or 1 share PER user?)

Richard Frost rfrost at asc.corp.mot.com
Tue Jul 9 21:10:03 GMT 2002


I am currently installing samba for a large site (over 350 users)
and I was interested in some SAMBA performance questions.

I have a large single file store on a single Unix (Solaris 7) system
that has multiple volumes for home directory storage that I want
to export via SMB shares to PC users. Each filesystem
contains over 300 home directories.

Is it more efficient (memory usage and performance) to create one
single SMB share per home directory filesystem or one share
per user directory.


if the filesystem is


   which contains home dirs:

Should I make one SMB share [homes1] for /export/home1
so users on PCs mount their home dir as



Should I make one SMB share PER user
so users on PCs mount their home dir as



    Are there any good Samba performance loading tools for SAMBA
    that I can use to get figures on measuring memory usage
    etc on the server side.


Richard Frost - mailto:Richard.Frost at motorola.com
Senior Systems & Networks Engineer - Infomation Systems Group
Systems & Networks Department, Global Software Group, Motorola
Ph: +61 8 8168 3589 - Fax: +61 8 8168 3664

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