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Re: [Samba] Q: Samba4 AD DC & small office file sharing




On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 05:54:49PM +0100, Rowland Penny via samba wrote:
> On Tue, 29 May 2018 09:18:49 -0700
> Jeremy Allison <jra@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> > On Sat, May 26, 2018 at 02:47:24PM +0100, Rowland Penny via samba
> > wrote:
> > > On Sat, 26 May 2018 09:21:01 -0400
> > > Marco Shmerykowsky via samba <samba@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > 
> > > > 
> > > > In lieu of virtualization, I wouldn't be opposed to some
> > > > small, inexpensive appliance type device (sort of like
> > > > the Netgate firewalls that run pfsense).
> > > > 
> > > > I came across the MintBox Mini Pro
> > > > (http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/mintbox/mintbox-mini-pro/)
> > > > 
> > > > Any experience or alternate suggestions?
> > > > 
> > > 
> > > Yes, just about any 64bit computer on the planet.
> > > 
> > > I know the wikipage says it isn't recommended to use a DC as
> > > fileserver, but I have never understood why. Every DC is used as a
> > > fileserver, what do you think 'sysvol' & 'netlogon' are ? Yes, they
> > > are shares serving files aka 'fileserver', anybody want to argue
> > > this ?
> > 
> > No, it's certainly being a fileserver there. The key here
> > is 'recommended' :-). Doing a DC + fileserver on a box just
> > uses more resources that could be more productively :-) :-)
> > used in just serving files (Jeremy, who loves the file serving
> > part of Samba, the DC part less so :-) :-).
> 
> I am not saying that using a DC as a fileserver in a very large
> organization is a good idea, but in a small office, it is more than
> capable. Lets not forget where all the authentication is carried out,
> it is on the DC, so if you only have a few computers and users, then it
> is possible to use the DC as a fileserver. If everything starts slowing
> down, then it would be time to add a separate fileserver.
> Stop me if I am wrong, but didn't a certain company produce something
> called an SBS ??

Yeah you're right. The main thing to do I think is set expectations
appropriately. e.g. for a so-and-so spec'ed machine, you can expect
x authentications per/second and y IO operations per second simultaneously.

Problem is, I have no idea what x and y are :-).

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