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How to speed up access to Windows file server folder from MacBook through Samba

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Subject to my understanding, MacBook is using samba to establish a connection for access to Windows server folder.  However; I found that it is not fast as I do in DELL laptop.  Is there any method to speed it up?

This is my user's new MacBook, the model is MacBook Pro with Intel i3 CPU.  The MacBook OS is 10.6.4
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What version of Windows are you running on the File Server?  The best way to improve file transfer speeds may be to enable Unix/Posix compliant file sharing services like NFS/AFP on the server.  
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My file server is Windows Server 2008.
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Do you know what flavor of Windows 2008? Standard, Small Business, Enterprise, etc... and do you know if its 2008 or 2008 R2?
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Windows 2008 standard 32-bit. (non R2)
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Looks like someone has already posted on Experts Exchange about this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Apple/Networking/Appletalk/Q_23559098.html

I think the best route would be to setup nfs shares from the Windows server, NFS stands for Network File System and is much faster than SMB.  It is supported by Apple OS X 10.6 and should yield noticeable file transfer speed improvements

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753302(WS.10).aspx

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If the NFS enabled on W2K8 server, what should be done on MacBook, currently; I am using this command for accessing to a folder on Windows server

smb://server/foldername
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