The Idle disconnect time has a number of settings about the duration after which if there is no activity on the connection of a workstation to the NAS through a network connection, the CIFS connection will be dropped after the time out period. Fact #2, the NSS3000 cpu can manage 21 connections concurrently.
I have a newtork of 10 workstations and want to set this control to read "never" disconnect on idle. It is a workgroup using windows XP pro on all PCs.
How does this impact network performance?
Does it impact performance of the NSS3000 cpu to process disk transfers from all users randomly?
Once disconnected, does the connection re-establish itself automatically? Or does the use have to log in to the share once again?
By setting the idle time out values on the NSS it will allow the NSS to spin down the drives (if option is set) and save power and cpu cycles. This will also save bandwidth as all data tranfers will be stopped. On such a small network this may not really mean too much but stopping any unneccesary traffic is always a plus.
When a CIF connection has timed out, the NSS will disconnect the user and will return to listening or wating for a connection. When the timed out user begins to browse through the directories the connection will continue where it left off and the user should not notice anything; unless, the drives have spun down. In which case the user will notice a short lag before the directories become accessible again.
How does this impact network performance? If you have 10 connections with setting set to "never disconnect", the NSS will only sent a ping command interval within 60 seconds to making sure the PC are up so NSS can keep the connection established with that device. This will not effected with the performance at all.
Example: PC# (1-10) <==> NSS. Every 60 seconds, a ping command will be send to PC (1-10). PC (1-10) response that they are online. NSS keep the connection.
Does it impact performance of the NSS3000 cpu to process disk transfers from all users randomly? The resources are reserved for keeping the connect alive. it is using a tiny hair of CPU usage. The NSS will automatically balanced out the resource of CPU when there are multiple users are transfer data from PC to NSS. There is a document from Tolly Group contains the performance of NSS, you may review it from there web site "www.tollygroup.com".
Once disconnected, does the connection re-establish itself automatically? Once disconnected, re-established it self will be setup from local PC. NSS will required authentication to re-established. Feature such as "reconnect when log-in" from CIFS connected when allowed you to auto-reconnect.
Or does the use have to log in to the share once again? If CIFS is set to "re-connect at logon", NSS will validated against the user account that you are using to login to re-connect the CIFS connection. So making sure the PC login account is the same as the NSS that assigned to a share folder. You may find this is very conveniencing when you are on same network and it auto-reconnected to the NSS share.
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