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Speed up Windows SMB connections to Xserves OS X Server
Your Apple users love you for getting them an Xserve with a true AFP service for their file sharing, but your Windows users continually feel that their connections are sluggish. No, don't go migrating all of your Windows data off the Xserve, simply have your Windows users map the network drive that they are trying to access.

I've seen this work at many different sites to speed up Windows XP connections to Mac OS X Server's SMB shares.
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Speed up Windows SMB connections to Xserves
Authored by: smkolins on Apr 26, '05 10:04:48PM

some issues are authentication related:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107899

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FIXED IN 10.3.9
Authored by: xdavid on Apr 27, '05 12:04:15PM

That particular windows issue (overloading lookupd) is reportedly fixed in 10.3.9 Server update.



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Speed up Windows SMB connections to Xserves
Authored by: robdandrea on Apr 28, '05 07:00:42AM

I've seen problems trying to "map a drive" on Windows to an Apple share using the netbios name of the Apple server. But using the ip address of the server will fix this problem.



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Speed up Windows SMB connections to Xserves
Authored by: paulsomm on May 03, '05 11:27:33AM

Or use the FQDN of the server (i.e. server.mydomain.com). If you haven't created one, it's recommended that you do so, even if it's only internally accessible (and therefore only needs to be in your internal DNS server).

Its preferrable to not use the IP because if you ever need to change the IP, if you have your mappings based on the name you can just change the IP the name points to. Otherwise, you'll need to touch each workstation to update the mapping.



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