Testing HD Performance
I have installed Samba on one of our older Dell
boxes, but it does have the SCSI RAID 5 config.
My sample 13 MB data file took over a minute to
copy back/forth to the Samba server. While our
Windows boxes can handle the task in < 10 sec.
Is there a way to test the HD performance of a
Linux box, to see if that is the problem? Or is a
good Samba tuning session a good idea? I have
not done anything beyond basic share setups.
Is that a software or hardware RAID5?
IDE disks can be tested with e.g. "hdparm -Tt /dev/hda".
It seems really, really weird, but I can't say more without details.
The issue was related to our Cisco Catalyst switch.
We changed around some hard-coded parameters
and the LAN speeds rocket now. Apparently having
hard-coding on the Cisco switch and running "auto"
on workstations/servers is NOT the way to go. :)
There you see... I wouldn't have guessed that.