[Samba] xp clients + home directories are SLOOOW

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Tue Sep 16 04:13:23 GMT 2003

On Mon, 15 Sep 2003, Miles Bintz wrote:

> I'm also experiencing this problem.
> I'm running Samba version 2.2.7 with the "security rollup fix" (redhat 8
> update) on kernel 2.4.20.  The load average on this machine is nil.  These
> machines are all running over 100 mb (5 computers on a linksys switch).
> I've disabled roaming profiles on WinXP in an attempt to correct the problem
> but it didn't seem to help.  Based on the "network performance" monitor in
> XP, no data is being exchanged during the lag periods.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Ok everybody, now repeart after me: "I will install WINS!"

Repeat until you are overcome by the urge to do it. When it is done, all
pain will go away.

Then repeat after me again: "Ah, nice!"
Repeat often to make sure we do not forget past pain!

Information about WINS may be found in the Samba-HOWTO-Collection.pdf that
may be obtained from:


Please refer to chapter 10.

The bottom line is that if NetBIOS names can not be resolved to IP
addresses correctly  you will see long delays as reported here.

Note: If you are not running NetBIOS over TCP/IP (ie: Win 2Kx/XP and
samba-3 all with NetBIOS disabled), then you really need DNS with the MS
CIFS extensions installed. See HOWTO page 90, Section 10.3.3.

PS: Chapter 10 applies equally to Samba-2.x as it does to Samba-3.

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

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