Windows Server 2012 Share for Mac OS X

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  1. Leica

    Leica MDL Member

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    Hi,

    I have my Windows Server 2012 up and running fine. However accessing from my Mac is a pain - slow and unreliable, especially when awaking from sleep. Just awful really.

    This is a known fact. Macs suck at SMB shares. It does not matter if the is Windows Server or Windows 7/8.

    So I want to a find a way to make an AFP share on my Windows Server. The only idea I have thought of is:-

    Make a Hyper-V VM Machine with Linux and then install Netatalk. However could I then use the same share for both SMB and AFP? Could the Linux VM point to a SMB Share (on the Windows Server Host) and then share that "share" using AFP?

    If the above won't work then I have heard that Macs are better at NFS than SMB. So I may give NFS a try. NFS is natively supported in Windows Server. But again my question is can I use the same shared drive to serve both SMB and NFS clients?

    Any other ideas for sharing with Macs?

    Thanks!
     
  2. EFA11

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  3. Leica

    Leica MDL Member

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    Thanks I will give NFS a try.

    Still the ultimate goal is AFP, as NFS doesn't support Time Machine backups, only AFP does...
     
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  5. mattjonesits

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    We got Macs working with SMB ok in the end.

    Took a lot of tweaking and googling (Google Mac SMB Tweaks) but it can be done. (You need to make various changes to the Macs)
     
  6. mattjonesits

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    BTW - I think you need Windows Storage Server to get AFP working,
     
  7. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Strange, all I tried just works on Server 2008 R2
     
  8. mattjonesits

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    Not sure what you mean.

    We saw the following symptoms on the last two versions of Mac OSX when accessing Server 2008 R2:
    - Real slow Finder browsing. (Even opening folders).
    - Slow file transfer.
    - Slow to update the Mac view of a folder when another change is made by another client.

    We applied 4 or 5 changes to the Macs and now things fly under SMB.
    The moral of the story is that is can be done!
     
  9. sebus

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    Great. I never noticed the problems you describe, but at the same time you could explain the "4 or 5 changes to the Macs", so somebody else could benefit...

    sebus
     
  10. Leica

    Leica MDL Member

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    Hard to believe, especially when everywhere I read it says SMB sucks with Macs, its a known fact.

    So I too would love to know what changes.

    Thanks.
     
  11. mattjonesits

    mattjonesits MDL Novice

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    Sorry - here you go:
    (Credits to macwindows.com post - snowleopard-filesharing.html#030911b) (Sorry I can't link direct)

    1. Try this: created a simple configuration file for SMB requests "nsmb.conf" in /etc
    content:
    [default]
    minauth=none
    streams=no
    soft=yes
    notify_off=yes
    domain=<your windows domain>
    port445=no_netbios
    [<your smb server1>]
    addr=<ip address of the "your smb server"


    2. Edit smb.conf and set:

    socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY