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10.6: Slow SMB browsing of Windows Servers fixed
Authored by: owhiso26 on Nov 25, '11 07:15:31PM

Thanks to the person who posted this fix, or workaround.

I manage a huge media library (>1.5 TB) located on a NAS. Connecting via AFP has had various permissions issues that I won't go into here, and has also not been particularly speedy. Connecting via SMB had no permissions issues, but browsing the folder structure has been painfully slow. My workaround thus far has been to use a Windows desktop specifically for this task, with which I have had neither permissions nor timing issues.

Having edited the SMB.CONF according to these instructions, I can now get the job done under OS X. It's a real shame that this otherwise sleek and efficient operating system has such problems with standard networking protocols. I'm working with 10.6.8, and holding off on the upgrade to 10.7 in the hope that these issues will be internally resolved sometime soon.

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