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Old 07-01-2004, 03:47 AM   #1
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Samba speed


I have a couple of directories shared using samba on a redhat 7.3 machine, on a windows network. The shared directories are on thier own HDD's but I find that they are not quite as quick as I would like. They are formated with the ext3 format. Is there some way of speeding the system up?

Thanks in advance,
Chris
 
Old 07-01-2004, 08:01 AM   #2
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Just out of curiosity, what speeds are you getting?

On my LAN (ether100) with a Slack10 Samba server and 2 Slack10 workstations, I'm getting an average transfer speed of approx 5.9Mbps (with ftp, I'm getting approx 10.9Mbps).

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Old 07-01-2004, 08:57 AM   #3
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Just out of curiosity, what speeds are you getting?

On my LAN (ether100) with a Slack10 Samba server and 2 Slack10 workstations, I'm getting an average transfer speed of approx 5.9Mbps (with ftp, I'm getting approx 10.9Mbps).
How do I measure it? The machines are connected by a 100mb network with a switching hub.
 
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How do I measure it? The machines are connected by a 100mb network with a switching hub.
If you transfer a file in KDE, the transfer progress windows will display the current transfer speed, but since your clients are all Windows, I would think there'd be some performance monitoring tool either in Windows itself or as a 3rd-party app.

FTP is a good way to measure your LAN speed...if you enable the ftp server in your RedHat box (vsftpd, i believe), then you can simply use your ftp client to transfer a file from the Windows workstation to the RedHat box and see the average transfer speed.

If you need to see if your 100Mbps LAN is truly operating close to that speed, you can use iperf. Simply d/l and run the Linux binary (#iperf -s) on your RedHat box, then d/l and run the Windows binary (C:\iperf -c server.local.net) on the workstation.
 
  


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