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Services For Macintosh - W2k3 - Select Shares not showing up.

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We have a Windows 2003 Server Standard, running Services For Macintosh.  Until recently the File Sharing has worked without fail.  Suddenly our main data repository, a folder called Common no longer shows up to the Mac clients.  It is configured as a share.  Other shares including the "Microsoft UAM Software" share still show up and are accessible to the user.  The Permissions on the folder are set correctly for the users who are attempting to log on to the server.

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The services are running successfully
Other Shares that are shared as Macintosh are mountable and readable
The Common Folder is setup to be shared but does not display as an available Share when a Mac Client connects to the server with AFP
The permissions on the Common Folder appear to be the same as other shares that do work
The same Domain user account (TDS) was used to test with all shares

Use of the SMB protocol was suggested but can't be implemented because the use of said protocol and Windows 2003 Server seem to destroy the Mac Attributes of the files.  

Is there someone out there who can help?
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Question by:TransitionalData
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by:TransitionalData
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Shortly after posting this question, I came across http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910197/en-us this article.
This article (and linked articles) state that upon rebooting the server a new index will be created of the contents of the share.

Can anyone provide information on how to check on this indexing status or anything related?  The share in question is likely 500GB of data and comprised of over 10 Million individual files.

The server has recently rebooted so I do suspect this is the case...
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kiniama earned 1500 total points
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You know Windows Apple Sharing is very bad as they don't update the protocol ever. There is a product that replaces Windows AppleFile Sharing Services.  http://www.grouplogic.com/products/extreme/overview.cfm

It even has support for Clustering. It's not thate xpensive and gives you peace of mind I tell you.
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by:TransitionalData
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I do see that most people tend to shy away from it.  Unfortunately it's the best of what we can use.

Unfortunately, even the 10 user server edition at 1300 is far out of our budget.

Though it did not necessarily answer my original question or my reposted question, Kiniama's answer does provide a solution to the problem, and for that, I award points...
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