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Have a client that has about 10 mac's and are getting a new server. Client asked if they switch from a Windows 2012 Server to a Mac "server" would it be any faster? They want speed speed speed. I would figure that a full blown server with a RAID array and 15k drives would be the fastest solution, but what about opening large graphic files over the network?

I'm not a mac guy, but want to give our clients the best/fastest solution (yeah yeah yeah, I know best and fastest can be 2 separate worlds). I know Mac's dont have a "server" anymore, but just the Server OS.

Is there a way to tweak a windows server to be more/better/faster for a Mac-centric network?
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Well over a decade ago, when I was working with graphics and ad shops, there was Xinet and there was Helios.  Windows file share, SAMBA and Appletalk were slow and barely used 1/4-1/3 the ethernet bandwidth.  Companies would spend a few thousand a year to run either Xinet or Helios products just to get the full network speeds.  It boost workflow for many of those places.  It's a bit different now, but you may still want to take a look at them.

Xinet was originally based in Berkeley and their product was a little easier to use for the average user because it was GUI based.
It looks like Xinet's been bought up by North Plains.  http://www.northplains.com/how-we-do-it/xinet/

Helios is still around and based in Germany.  There product was more command line based back then.  I don't know if anything has changed. http://www.helios.de/support/manuals/esUB2-e/file.html

Download and use the free utilities to test your LAN speeds.  It looks like they've brought this back.  I think it may have unavailable for a few years.  I probably still have their old free copies stashed away somewhere.  http://www.helios.de/web/EN/products/free_utils.html

Back then, the Pentium 3 could barely fill 60% of the full gigabit speeds, while the MIPS and Sparc processors both easilly handle the Gigabit throughputs.
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There's also an old MacServerIP

http://www.cyansoftware.com/MacServerIP.htm
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