[Samba] speed of samba vs Windows

Dave Ewart davee at ceu.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 28 09:19:14 MDT 2012

On Thursday, 28.06.2012 at 11:07 -0400, Steve Thompson wrote:

> On Thu, 28 Jun 2012, Todor Fassl wrote:
> >Is there any reason to believe that a samba server would be slower
> >when serving up roaming profiles than a real Windows server?
> In my experience, Samba is much faster than Windows on comparable
> hardware. From 3 to 5 times faster, depending on function.
> >Our Windows guy insists samba is slow but I don't believe it.  He
> >claims that when you load a roamng profile, Windows downloads only
> >files that have changed and samba downloads everything. But he
> >doesn't know anything about samba and I don't know where he got that
> >from.

However native speed won't be important if, under Samba, a full roaming
profile is downloaded on each login whereas under Windows an rsync-like
action takes place to only download minimal changes.  I don't know
whether that's the case or not, whether it's configurable behaviour
under either Samba or Windows Server, but it's certainly an interesting


Dave Ewart
davee at ceu.ox.ac.uk
Computing Manager, Cancer Epidemiology Unit
University of Oxford / Cancer Research UK
N 51.7516, W 1.2152
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