Samba3 performs excellend nowadays. You should have no trouble at all serving 20 workers. In my setup (7.1-release/amd64/dual x2 3800 amd cpu/gigabit) smb generates only 3-5% cpu load when reading at 50MB/sec.

below 10% CPU when reading 8MB/s through fast ethernet link on PIII/500

I would also recommend running swat (zee /etc/inetd.conf), it can really help creating a nice and tailored smb.conf file for you via a webinterface.

i would rather recommend

man smb.conf

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