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  • Question

  • I am in the process of upgrading our file server and was wondering if I should just use a CIFS share or setup a server and create a share off of it like we area using now.

    Any recommendations?

    Thank you

    Monday, March 21, 2011 8:54 PM

Answers

  • Small CIFS sharing appliances can be beneficial for small IT shops, because they are cheap and don't require any MS Server OS licensing cost.  But they can also be limiting if you want to use other features of the Windows OS that the CIFS appliance does not support.  Like DFS, Quotas, File Resouce management utilities.  They increase you management cost of you deploy multiple of them to various locations because you need the vendor utilities to manage them.

    Also CIFS appliances may not perform as well because of their lack of drives and memory to support large number of connections.  For larger implementations you need a Storage Array that also supports CIFS/NFS.  These have large amount of memory and large number of drives.

    Any recommendations?

    Review your requirements and budget then decide.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:17 AM
  • Keep in mind also that there are a number of improvements in the latest versions of Microsoft's file sharing protocol, called SMB2 (available on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008). If you're using the old CIFS protocol (the file protocol that we used with Windows NT back in the 1990s), you're missing out on dramatic increases in file sharing performance. You can find more details on the following blog posts:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2008/12/09/smb2-a-complete-redesign-of-the-main-remote-file-protocol-for-windows.aspx

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2010/10/26/what-version-of-smb2-am-i-using-on-my-windows-file-server.aspx

     


    Jose Barreto
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:05 AM

All replies

  • Small CIFS sharing appliances can be beneficial for small IT shops, because they are cheap and don't require any MS Server OS licensing cost.  But they can also be limiting if you want to use other features of the Windows OS that the CIFS appliance does not support.  Like DFS, Quotas, File Resouce management utilities.  They increase you management cost of you deploy multiple of them to various locations because you need the vendor utilities to manage them.

    Also CIFS appliances may not perform as well because of their lack of drives and memory to support large number of connections.  For larger implementations you need a Storage Array that also supports CIFS/NFS.  These have large amount of memory and large number of drives.

    Any recommendations?

    Review your requirements and budget then decide.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:17 AM
  • Keep in mind also that there are a number of improvements in the latest versions of Microsoft's file sharing protocol, called SMB2 (available on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008). If you're using the old CIFS protocol (the file protocol that we used with Windows NT back in the 1990s), you're missing out on dramatic increases in file sharing performance. You can find more details on the following blog posts:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2008/12/09/smb2-a-complete-redesign-of-the-main-remote-file-protocol-for-windows.aspx

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2010/10/26/what-version-of-smb2-am-i-using-on-my-windows-file-server.aspx

     


    Jose Barreto
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:05 AM