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10.6: Slow SMB browsing of Windows Servers fixed
Authored by: di_d99 on May 06, '11 07:44:34AM

I have to agree with agentx, this WILL NOT fix everyone's slow SMB browsing issue, I have been dealing with this issue since we refreshed 100+ macs in our 90% PC dominated environment. I have spoken with Applecare Enterprise Support engineers and they stated " it is a know issue with engineering and that hopefully they will find a resolve". They then proceeded to tell me they would refund our $700 payment for the price of our ticket. This was their exact response:

"I'm just following up on our phone conversation. Engineering is currently aware and is investigating the issue where 10.6 SMB browsing is slower than expected in the finder.

We understand that performance in 10.5 seemed better, this is because of issues with 10.5 not properly reading ACLs. This meant that 10.5 clients were pulling much less data when loading the contents of an SMB share.

Unfortunately to resolve the issues that 10.5 had with SMB, some performance had to be sacrificed. As you have observed, when an SMB share has many folders, in your 700 or more, the 10.6 finder takes quite some time to read the contents.

We expect that performance will be much better in Lion. As I suggested sign up for a Mac Developer Account if possible, that you will give you access to the Developer Releases of Lion so that you can do further testing for your Mac OS X Deployment. "

I have tried all the fixes I can find on the websites, from changing the way the user logs in (EX: Domain\user) to modifying the smb.conf and creating nsmb.conf files. I would really love to but this issue to rest once and for all.

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