Need to share files with Windows and MAC clients, whats the best OS to manage the server with?

Have a 2008 windows domain and am looking to add a storage server to house graphic files that need to be shared between MAC's and PC's (Windows 7 pro). Not sure what OS to install on the new server? Windows/Ubuntu/Samba (the new server is a Dell box so IOS is not an option.) Is there a better option?

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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
I would stick to your domain and put it on a windows server with a file share.  This way you can control access through AD even if the MACs aren't joined to the domain. Even better if they are but it will still work either way.
With Server 2008, you might still be ok with using Windows for a file server.

With Server 2012 and Server 2016, there are additional security settings that prevent compatibility with OS X and SAMBA.  The best OS for those cases might actually be Linux with SAMBA, since it's still at a stable SMBv2.  You can link SAMBA to AD and use the same credentials.

Apple's implementation of SMB is still very, very broken and has trouble with the newer Server 2012 and Server 2016, unless you turn off the extra settings.

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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
I'd second comments by serialband.  Windows 2008 is just about OK but for longer term compatibility I'd go with a NAS running SMBv2 .. devices by Synology, QNap, Buffalo offer multiple RAID arrays with 2-3-4-5 drives and will be far more stable than Windows for the OSX users in the longer term.
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