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10.3: Enable AppleTalk server browsing
Authored by: mm2270 on Oct 30, '03 03:05:24PM
Actually there appears to be 2 types of "mounts' in Jaguar. I'm no expert in this area, but I believe the mounted server you referred to is called a dynamic mount, as opposed to a static mount, which would make the share show up on the Desktop. I'm currently connected to my OS X Server via dynamic mount. They don't appear on the Desktop, but I can get to them thru the Network window and opening Local, as I had mentioned in my previous post.

However, I can make them mount statically by typing in the IP address in the new Panther Connect to.. dialog and entering the necessary credentials there. I could be wrong about which is which, but I do know that you can mount any share (smb, afp, ftp) on the Desktop, so it's clearly visible that you're connected.

Despite all this, I agree with your general assessment that Apple messed up connecting to servers in Panther. I don't see why they couldn't have just added a "Browse" button on the old Connect To... window from Jaguar to achieve the same function.
It's really all give and take though, because in Jag I couldn't see past my local subnet of our company network. With Panther, I can now "see" PC servers from here (NYC) all the way to Seattle (sister companies) because they're all part of the same network. That's a big boon for connectivity, so it seems like Panther is a giant leap forward in general connectivity, and a step (or two) backward for ease of use.

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Couldn't agree more...
Authored by: natecook on Oct 30, '03 07:12:13PM

There seems to be a disconnect happening in the interface. You'd like the server to show up in the left-hand column when mounted (as a FireWire drive would), but to do that you have Cmd-K and remember the URL to the server. I really prefer the new GUI for getting to servers, since it's "always on" in a sense, but once you've connected to the server you have to keep going the same route to get to those files...

Network -> Local -> My Server -> etc.... :(

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