[Samba] Performance Increase Suggestions

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Tue Mar 18 14:29:36 GMT 2003

On Tue, 18 Mar 2003, Robert Adkins II wrote:

> 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?

You should compare the file system I/O performance of ext2, ext3,
rieserfs, xfs and jfs - and you could be in for a BIG surprise!

- John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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