Subject: Re: hardware advise ( Samba file server )
To: Mark Thomas <>
From: Joseph A. Dacuma <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/28/2006 08:30:19
> I've been asked to build a file server for some ( less than 30 )
> Windows machines. I'm going to setup Samba on NetBSD 3.0. My concern
> is performance, in the way of multiple users accessing to the same
> files. So my question is what hardware would give me the best
> performance boost?
> Currently I'm leaning toward the following.
> Processor: Intel Xeon 2.8 - 3.4GHz 800MHz 2MB L2 cache Xeon Processor
> Memory: 2 GB PC2-3200 ECC DDR2 RDIMM
> Controller: Dual-Channel Ultra320 SCSI Controller ( not sure about
> raid at this point )
> Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet
> Disk: (2) 146GB 15K U320 SCSI
> thanks

Samba doesn't do so much CPU processing. Unless you intend to run other
processor intensive services.

As for the disk size, youre the best person to decide on that. We have no
idea what is "sufficient" for your present and future needs.