To quote a techie at an old client when asking how well Samba was working - "I will get you the performance figures on Samba as soon as I finish rebooting the NT file servers."
The only problems that I have come accross are Windows related. The earlier versions of Samba could be a little tricky to get adjusted so both Win9x and NT could be convinced. Notice you had to tweak Samba since win9x and NT was unforgiving and stubborn. The later versions of Samba are incredibly stable as well as Win2k is more forgiving. Know several companies who threw out NT on the file and print servers, installed Linux and Solaris for Intel platform, and now have both Windows PCs and Macs talking to the same place.
As for selecting a full or partial drive to share - it is only to point to the root. If you are planing to expanding disk in the future, a new mount point would probably be the best way. Then it is incredibly easy to expand disk space.
HTH ... and good luck
From: Michael Newnam [SMTP:michael.newnam@IBX.COM]
Sent: 28 August 2002 19:31
Subject: SAS, UNIX, and SAMBA
Ladies and Gentleman,
Currently we are evaluating SAS on UNIX and wanted to know if there are any
groups out there using SAS on UNIX with SAMBA to map drives to NT and if so
have you had many problems? What have alot of the issues been with
installation and then maintenance? What is the extent of the drive sharing?
Did you open the entire UNIX drive up as a share or only part of it? We are
trying to decide whether we should just keep the UNIX SAS Server just an
App server or make it a file and app server. Any problems with this? Thank
you very much. Any help would be most appreciative.