OS X Mavericks 10.9 as File Server in VMware

I am just trying to get an idea of what's going to be involved if I decide to migrate all of our mac users data from a Windows Server 2008 R2 server to a server that would run Mavericks.
The connections using SMB are just too slow compared to using AFP.

When I transfer all of the files to the mac server, what happens to permissions? Will they convert automatically?
Can I even format the disks for this? We use an IBM DS4700 SAN. It would be about 8TB of data.

Will Mavericks work well as a file server or is that not recommended?

Please let me know any concerns or issues that you see happening in this scenario. Also let me know what other info you need.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you have an Apple Server to Host ESXi, for a virtual machine?

I assume OS X Mavericks 10.9 as File Server in VMware, you will be creating a virtual machine?

OS X Mavericks 10.9 can only be hosted as virtual machine, on Apple hardware.

Apple is also moving away from AFP to SMB2.....

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WinsoupAuthor Commented:
No we don't have apple servers, we use Dell PowerEdge servers.

Yes I was hoping to create a virtual machine inside of VMware that could run an Apple OS.

I did not know that but that's good to know, sure glad I didn't start doing anything yet.   :-)
I assume you mean OS X server:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/os-x-server/id714547929?mt=12

The regular Mavericks will allow only 10 concurrent connections.
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Winsoup is right. The Apple EULA allows Apple system software to be run only on Apple hardware.
WinsoupAuthor Commented:

, I found out about SMB2 when we upgraded to Mavericks. The connection speed and search speeds to windows file server are so terrible that we can't roll these out without a solution. So if this isn't an option what do I have left?
Downgrade to 10.8 or but ExtremeZ-IP? Anything else I could do?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You cannot create Apple VMs on NON APPLE HARDWARE!

and that means your Dells are not compatible!

You could use NFS, if you have NFS SAN ?
Have you checked out MacWindows.com for solutions to your file sharing problems:



Also, have you upgraded the Macs to 10.9.4? Some people are reporting that it fixes file sharing problems with Windows servers.
WinsoupAuthor Commented:
Yes, I've been through quite a few different proposed solutions that are on that site, none of them have helped.

Yes, it's updated to 10.9.4 as well.
A couple of more thoughts:

You could try installing Thursby's Dave on a Mac and see if that solves your problem:


Alternatively, 10.9.5 will probably arrive in a couple of weeks, followed by OS X Yosemite in October. You could wait to see if one of these updates solves your problems.
P.S. You can download a free 30 day trial of Dave from the link I posted in my previous message.
If you are using Active Directory, you might want Thursby's AdmitMac instead of Dave:


See:  http://www.macwindows.com/Network.html#dave



for a full description of what these applications do.
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