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Mac Laptop OSX 10.6.7 slow to connect to Microsoft Server 2003 File Server

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I have a network with 50 workstations that work fine.  Only one MAC on this network and it takes 2 to 3 minutes to connect to the File Shared by the Server.  Once it is connected it appears to be fast.  I need to get that initial connection to start faster.  Server is MS Server 2003 and the MAC is OSX 10.6.7.
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I recently have the same problem...
I fixed it by joining the Mac to the domain, set up a mobile account, and force local home directory on startup disk
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Sounds good.  I appologize but I very MAC illiterate.  Can you tell me how to perform these steps?  I don't even know how to join a MAC to a domain.
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First set the profile path and home folder in AD for the user

go to Settings -> Accounts -> Login Option -> click Edit next to "Network Account Server" -> click + and then type in your domain name -> click OK -> enter AD admin username and passport to join domain -> Click "Open Directory Utility" -> double click "Active Directory" -> show advance options -> check "Create mobile account at login" and Force local home directory on startup disk -> change "Network protocol to be used" to SMB -> click OK
Log off and then log back on

This should do it, let me know if you run into any question.

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Do I have to have a Profile Path and Home Folder for the user for this to work?
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if you don't want to set up the whole thing, you can just put a dummy share path for the home folder...
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Did as you recommended.  Still takes about 2 minutes to access the first share.  After that it is fast.  Any more ideas??
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log out and then log back in, open finder, Do you see your server name with a eject button in the left panel?
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No I don't
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I do not see the server name with an eject button in the left panel.
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Looks like it isn't possible...... :(
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