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Testing performance of a cifs share with iometer

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Hi,
I want to test the i/o performance of a mapped cifs share from a windows7 host. I installed iometer and have no idea how to do this. In the disk targets tab I can only see local disks. The network targets tab shows just ip addresses of my local host. How can I select a target like i.e. drive z: as \\host\share? Any hints? Thanks in advance.

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Olaf
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IOMeter will only allow you to get performance of local devices, you cannot do SMB or CIFS shares.  The reason for this is that SMB and CIFS do not provide Block Level Storage, so IOMeter is not able to do block level testing, which is how it determines performance.

If you wish to test network performance, you can use iperf as described in this article, and of course you could run IOMeter on the server which hosts the share.
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Hi Lester,
thanks for your comment. Now it's clear to me, that iometer can't do the job in this situation. I will also have a look at your iperf article.

Regards

Olaf
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