[Samba] Performance Increase Suggestions

Robert Adkins II radkins at impelind.com
Tue Mar 18 14:14:54 GMT 2003

Hello Everyone,

	I have a few users that are complaining about the "slowness" of
copying files to and saving files directly to the Samba server. From my
own recollections, the speed is rather identical to the speed we
experienced on our old Windows NT 4.0 fileserver.

	One thing that could be the impetus of this issue is that Samba
is serving up files, for opening and copying from the server to a local
workstation, nearly instantly (in most cases).

	I have looked at some Samba performance increase settings and
haven't had much luck with those, on my test server. I have played with
the SO_RCVBUF and SO_SNDBUF with limited success. I have also played
with the MTU settings and that did nothing but decrease client to server
write performance.

	The server is running the fastest IDE hard drives that I could
purchase at the time. (7200 rpm) The server itself is Red Hat 7.2
running with Ext3FS. Without spending money, are there any other methods
through which I can dramatically increase the network write performance?

Robert Adkins II
IT Manager/Buyer
Impel Industries, Inc.

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