Samba share trough VPN is slow but only because of a bad winxp feature
Posted on 2007-04-08
I have setup a openvpn solution where the server is a win2003, and clients are winxp.
I can connect just fine, and browsing the samba share seems fast.
When I right click on a file to do something like copy, file open or what ever.
Winxp starts downloading the file, making the user have to wait until the whole file is downloaded, before it shows the menu!
This is a big problem when the file is big.
I have tried different explorer replacements, and infact the ones that do have it's own built right click menu, will seem fast, and the ones that shows the same right click menu as standard explorer will have the same slow sympthoms. problem is that I like to have features like open with, svn menu, svn icons, etc. Infact I like to have it just as the standard explorer, only that it dosen't download files before the right click menu is shown! by the way, if one right clicks a folder the problem is not there! (and if one selects two files, where one is 500MB and one is 1MB, and the mouse is located over the 1MB, and then do a right click, windows downloads only the 1MB file, and the menu is shown pretty fast )
I have to add, if the user use the edit menu from the menu bar of explorer, and for example click copy. no download happens before one paste the files. (offcource if one goes to the file menu there, it starts downloading again!)
so do anyone know of a solution for my problem?? (tweak, hack or whatever!)
After inspecting some more. how come when the samba share is accessed trough LAN, it would not download on the right click, because if you right click on a 10GB file on LAN it goes fast!