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Old 04-19-2005, 09:14 AM   #1
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Question Print Server performance


Is anyone using Samba to share out cups printers to W2k machines. I have this configured and have several users using it but am concerned about the load that is on the processor from the various samba processes. I have scripted out disconnecting the idle sessions to help out someone but I am worried about adding any more users to this print server. Does anyone have any suggestions to tune performance for this scenario.

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Old 04-20-2005, 07:30 PM   #2
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what are you concerned about? can the users print? is the server doing anything else? is the processor staying cool?
 
Old 04-21-2005, 08:02 AM   #3
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I am concerned because when the load average gets to high things slow way down. This causes slow login for windows users since I am mapping printers on login and applications respond slowly / lock up the pc when trying to print. Right now the load average is usually aroud 0.9 and will jump as high as 2.0. This is fine for the amount of users on it now but I only have a little less than 1/4th of my environment using this server. Currently there is 180 users and my office has about 800. The server is just acting as a print spooler and not doing anything else.
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:12 AM   #4
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this is a ram problem, respond accordingly (unless this is a very old machine).
 
Old 04-21-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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Here is the memory portion from running top on the server. This is pretty much what it always looks like. Whenever it slows down the processor is always the one that is getting hammered.

Mem: 3934216k av, 612844k used, 3321372k free, 0k shrd, 150732k buff
324168k active, 150736k inactive
Swap: 4145272k av, 0k used, 4145272k free 137772k cached
 
Old 04-21-2005, 02:38 PM   #6
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gimme some time to research this... I may be able to find something, in the mean-time what are the full system specs?
 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:28 PM   #7
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Here's the specs.

Compaq bl20p blade
dual 1.4 ghz xeon processors
4 gb memory
2 18.6 gb 10000 rpm scsi drivers raid 1+0
10/100 mb nic
 
Old 04-25-2005, 01:08 PM   #8
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nic is actally 10/100/1000

Anyone got any ideas on this? I want to get rid of my windows print server badly.
 
  


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