Mac OSX SMB Shares - Drives Pop Up on Log in

Posted on 2011-03-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have Macs in a Windows Server environment which can be extremely irritating when it comes to certain things. One of these being that we have shared drives on our Windows servers that we've connected via. SMB protocol. These drives connect everytime the Mac logs on which is what we want. However, with this being said it seems like it can't connect the SMB shares without popping up a window for every single share we have connected. It would be ok if it was one share/one window but our user's have multiple shares so the 5 windows you have to close gets old. Is there a way to allow the SMB shares to still connect without having all of the shared folders pop up their windows?
Question by:it_medcomp
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Expert Comment

ID: 35150586
Have you bound the macs into your AD domain? If so use an AD user then, they should use the kerberos ticket from login to authenticate to the shares.

Author Comment

ID: 35150958
I've joined the computer to our domain  but I am not sure how to log onto the computer as the actual domain user vs just a local user. I'm not very mac savvy.
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Expert Comment

ID: 35154953
Open directory utility
Go to active directory
Uncheck force local home
Check derive network home from home folder
Set the protocol to smb
Restart mac
Create a user in AD ensuring that the user has a home folder set.
Log into the mac with the AD user credentials, note that it may take up to a minute for the mac to be ready to accept a login from AD.
Once successful, log out.
Log in as the local user, select go, connect to server.
Specify the share containing the AD users home, and populate this with the users documents.
Logout, correct permissions and log back in as the AD user.
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Author Comment

ID: 35156704
Sounds great but does this mean I'll have to setup everything again under the AD account vs the local? Sorry :(
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Expert Comment

ID: 35158023
You could move the entire home folder into the AD account. If you correct permissions it should be fine

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ID: 35198580
I ended up just mapping the SMBs and not having them automatically map at login. This was acceptable to our end users.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35230039
We ended up just mapping the SMBs through the K shortcut and removing the paths from the login items portion of the account settings so that the windows don't automatically pop up. The user simply has to connect to the path as they need it now.

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