[CentOS] Quickbooks and Samba and Oplocks... OH MY

Rob Kampen rkampen at kampensonline.com
Thu Jan 29 21:29:36 UTC 2009



Jason Pyeron wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: centos-bounces at centos.org 
>> [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Brett Serkez
>> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 11:55
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>> Subject: Re: [CentOS] Quickbooks and Samba and Oplocks... OH MY
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM, Tim Nelson 
>> <tnelson at rockbochs.com> wrote:
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>>> It is widely known that Quickbooks has a horrible storage 
>>>       
>> engine, "requires" Windows to host multiuser access, etc. 
>> However, I've successfully been storing QuickBooks files on 
>> Samba shares at a handful of locations with no real issues 
>> other than slight performance degradation. However, a 
>> somewhat recent thread here mentioned the proper use of 
>> oplock'ing in the Samba configuration to considerably 
>> increase performance/reliability.
>>
>> I am able to host all files other than Quickbooks on Samba shares.
>> The issue with QuickBooks is they run their own WIndows 
>> service on port 10172 in addition to Windows file sharing.
>>     
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> We run QB Pro 2003, and it does not listen on any ports. We also have it on a
> samba share. Unsure about the perfomance, but it works for us.
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>> If someone has figured out a way around this, I would prefer 
>> to host multiple user QuickBooks access on Samba.
>>
>> Brett
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We had QB premier 2004 working well on Samba, then down graded to QB pro 
2007 and the nightmare began.
Long story - short version is we now run QB Pro 2007 on a CentOS 5 W/S 
running VirtualBox and a W2K instance with network bridging in 
multi-user mode so the four Windoze XP clients can access it.
Performance is not great but adequate, however I can backup reliably and 
it stays up 24x7.
Wish there was an alternative.
Rob
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