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SbS 2008 file sharing to apple mac hanging when deleting

gerard_thusa asked

We have several Apple Macs (OS 10.5 upwards), they are connecting to a Small Business Server 2008 for file shares.

On occassion and more often then not the users are unable to delet folders off of the server, unable to rename files/folders.

I've done some googling but just seem to be hitting a brick wall.

Everything was working ok and in the last month this issue has come up and seems to be getting worse.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance.
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Try using Disk Utility to run Repair Permissions on the Macs.


I've done some futher investigation into the matter and just found what is the possible cause.

The folders that the users are having trouble deleting are filled with hidden files with the prefix '._' as well as another file .DS_Store.

Does this perhaps mean anything?
When Macs create files on an SMB volume they create hidden files beginning with periods. These are files which contain the Mac files' resource forks (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_fork for the long explanation). The .DS_Store file contains display information for the folder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.DS_Store).

You can use a download a freeware utility called Blue Harvest http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest4/ to prevent the Macs from creating these invisible files on your SBS server.

However, I doubt they are causing the problem. All they are is evidence that a Mac has created files or folders on your server.


Thank you for the assistance.

The issue did lie with the '._' files. On removal all users were able to delete and move files/folders.

There seems to have been some sort of corruption somewhere along the line.

The issue is somewhat resolved for the time being.