[Samba] how to manage 3000 Samba Connection

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Mar 9 04:10:52 GMT 2006

On Thu, 2006-03-09 at 01:57 +0530, updatemyself . wrote:
> Hi All,
> Give Me some good idea, about.. how to manage 3000 Samba Connection.
> in my network i have 6 Samba File Server..
> Volumes Are common in all Samba servers (GPFS Volume + 6 GPFS Nodes)
> (so 6 Servers are there to share this connection. 500 X 6 )
> at a time.. i am getting maximum 3000 samba connection
> and almost all connection is opening 150MB to 300MB file (3D Animation
> Files)
> total opened files will be approximate 800 to 1000 in One Samba Server
> 6 file servers are named as FS01, FS02, FS03, FS04, Fs05 and FS06
> and all the Servers Are Connected to windows2003 ADS
> So User Permission and Authentication is.. same every where
> My Point is how i can Do the load balance intelligently depends on..
> (fail over, cup and memory usage in server  and smb connection)
> now most of the connections are happening through 4 servers and rest 2 is
> 70% free..
> i have to balance it.. to increase the performance of Samba-File-Server
> with out depending the client side.. (i cant redirect the client to use a
> particular server
> that have to happen in background)

This is really rather hard to do, except at connect time.  

At connect time you could play games with a round-robin name resolution,
but after that, transitioning connections between CIFS nodes is a
black-hole for a lot of VC money, but I haven't heard if they have made
it work.  

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College  http://hawkerc.net
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