NFS Server Performance and Tuning Guide for Sun Hardware

Balancing NFS Server Workload

All NFS processing takes place inside the operating system kernel at a higher priority than user-level tasks.

Note -

Do not combine databases or time-shared loads on an NFS server because when the NFS load is high any additional tasks performed by an NFS server will run slowly.

Non-interactive workloads such as mail delivery and printing, excluding the SPARCprinter (not supported in the Solaris 2.6 and later releases of the Solaris operating environment) or other Sun printers based on the NeWSprintTM software are good candidates for using the server for dual purpose (such as NFS and other tasks). If you have spare CPU power and a light NFS load, then interactive work will run normally.