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Problems with smb connections between Mac OSX 10.3.9 (Panther) and Windows Server 2k3

Posted on 2008-06-11
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Hello Xperts
I have 10 Mac users on system 10.3.9 with read/write permissions on Windows 2K3 shares. Inside the shares there are number of nested folders that have been causing problems with the Mac guys. These are:
1) can't save MS Excel files
2) 'file in use' error when trying to move files between folders
3) Previews of InDesign documents are not visible when browsing the folder
4) Can't rename files
The Mac guys are connecting via smb.
These problems first started on an older Win2000 server and we have recently upgraded to Win2003 on a new box. It seems like these problems have been inherited after the data was copied over. The Windows Administrator has told me that all the permissions are correct, and that he has re-applied them.

If anyone can shed any light on resolving this I'd be really grateful.

Cheers
Andy
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In your scenario, you may want to check the SMB signing policy on the server.  It almost sounds as if signing is enabled and only partially works on the MAC.

On the Local Policy (if this is a member server) or on the Default Domain Controller policy (if it's a DC), edit the policy and go to Computer Configuration>Windows Settings>Security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options.
In the right-hand pane, scroll down to Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always) and double-click on the policy object.
Select the Disabled radio button and make sure the checkbox is enabled for Define this policy setting.
Find the element Microsft network server: Digitally sign communications (if requested) - Enable it.

This should prevent signing from interfering with clients that can't communicate in this manner, but allow clients to still access using signing.
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Thanks for your response Netman66.
I have made the server-side adjustments you mentioned but unfortunatly this has made no difference.
I am trialling a copy of ADmitMac which is an enhancement to the Apple versions of smb/cifs and Active Directory plug-in. I will let you know in a couple of weeks if any solution can be applied to this problem.
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UPDATE:

Having purchased copies of ADmitMac by Thursby, My Mac guys are now able to work with files inside WK2003 shares. All of the problems we had previously have now been resolved. I should also note that I was having some issues using the latest version of Leopard 10.5.5, which points at Apple's AD plug-in being absolutely pants throughout Panther to Leopard releases.
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Excellent, good to know there's issues and how to get around them.

Thanks,
NM
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