I've read some experts advise (IT4SOHO at EE included) that mention if you have a samba network with Win 2000 clients or later then you can use this in your smb.conf file.
smb ports = 445
Apparently this is more efficient (faster?) because the packets don't have the NetBIOS encapsulation overhead, and has helped some people minimise lag when accessing network shares. Though some users reported setting smb ports to 139 helped too.
HERE IS MY SCENARIO
A single samba server (samba-3.0.36-0.5.5) environment which is a dns server as well, 2 x Win XP Pro, 2 x Vista and 2 x Win 7 Pro pc's....what is the most optimal setup for speed.
Is it recommended to disable netbios on all the pc's?
Should I bother with a WINS server (wins support = yes in smb.conf) at all?
If the server has an entry in dns then all the pc's can still access by name right, so why bother with WINS?
For performance, set smb ports = 445 in smb.conf. Right?
If I did have WINS turned on at the samba server, then to populate the WINS database, netbios needs to be enabled and all pc's pointed to it. But in this case can I still use "smb ports = 445", or will that break browsing?