[nycbug-talk] FreeBSD 'n CIFS

Peter Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Tue Jul 11 12:09:23 EDT 2006

> * Pete Wright <pete at nomadlogic.org> [2006-07-11 11:45:12 -0400]:
>> has anyone done any work using FreeBSD to mount and write to CIFS
>> volumes (we can assume CIFS volumes are hosted on Win2003 server)? I
>> am assuming I will have to do this in userland via samba.
> Yup, we do this. FreeBSD 5.4 box running on a Dell PowerEdge SC 1425
> machine. It runs samba-3.0.20b, which was built from ports.
> It took us a while to tweak the options in Samba's config to get it to
> where we wanted it exactly (or more specifically, to mimic the old
> buggy, virus/spyware infested Windows 2000 server that the FreeBSD box
> replaced), but once that was done, we've had zero problems with this
> machine. It currently has an uptime of 137 days and is pounded quite
> heavily by 30+ users during business hours.
> The only thing I should note is that our volumes are running off a NetApp
> filer, and not a Windows 2003 server, as would be the case with your
> setup. We actually mount the NetApp volumes via NFS, and then re-export
> using CIFS/Samba -- we don't have a CIFS license for the NetApp box.

ok, sounds pretty similar to what we will be doing (we are a netapp shop
too).  i think what has been giving us greif is writting to the CIFS
volumes.  are people doing lot's a streaming I/O on your FreeBSD box, or
is it mostly small read's and writes?  we will be moving a lot of large
files through this guy (on average 500-1000 500meg files) via gig-e.

i guess this rasises and interesting point....maybe kernemode CIFS is just
not the way to go regardless of platform....



Peter Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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