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I love Vagrant, its a great tool for development. Sadly, once your project gets too big, performance really drops off a cliff on Windows. Running a Symfony2 project, I was getting ~20 second page refresh times. Apparently this relates to VirtualBox NFS on the shared folder.


A few people mentioned using Samba instead of NFS, but I couldn’t find anyone who had successfully used it. I gave it a go, and can confirm, it works a treat.


So first off, ssh into your Vagrant box:

vagrant ssh


then install Samba and edit the conf file

apt-get install samba
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

and add in:

comment = Local Dev Server – /var/www
path = /var/www
browsable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0777
force user = root
force group = root
#[shared] End

after that restart the Samba server

sudo restart smbd
sudo restart nmbd

Then I copied all the files in my project to my new Samba share directory ( called in this case ‘shared’).
after that I edited my Vagrantfile to make sure the NFS share was definitely turned off.

config.vm.synced_folder “.”, “/vagrant”, disabled: true

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