[Samba] Samba transfer performance

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Fri Aug 13 19:16:04 UTC 2021

On Fri, 2021-08-13 at 19:09 +0000, Thaddeus Waldner via samba wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am setting up a Samba file server for use in a school. I need help
> with getting better transfer speeds between machines.
> The file server runs on an ESXi VM. I have a second Ubuntu VM set up
> on the same host for testing. The VM has two teamed 10Gb fiber
> channels to the LAN switch. I also have a Mac connected with 10Gb
> ethernet.
> Both VMs run Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Samba 4.14 from the van-belle.nl<
> http://van-belle.nl> repository. I have a single share configured on
> the file server and mounted on the test machines
> I have done the following tests;
> An iperf test gives me about 9.5Gb/s to the Mac and 15Gb/s to the
> second VM on the server (traffic is routed through the vSwitch
> directly to the second VM).
> A dd read/write test on the file server gives me about 450MB/s.
> An hdparm test gives me about 8500MB/s cached, and 850MB/s buffered.
> However, when I mount a share on either the Mac or the VM, the
> transfer speeds tops out at about 120MB/s. I expected about 4 to8
> times that speed.
> Are my expectations reasonable? What else can I try?

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Please post the output of 'testparm -s'


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