8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2009 6:07 AM by JNoble
thesunnyape Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Anyone seem any news on DFS support in 10.6? It's a real show stopper for many Win2008 shops.

sunny

Apple, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • 1. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (58,245 points)
    No. You need to look at ADmit Mac from Thursby.
  • 2. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    Father Zimfire Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Or Extreme-ZIP from Group Logic if you want to go the server side route.


    FZ
  • 3. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    Quiet Boom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Any clues why there's still no DFS support? Isn't it just a matter of upgrading the version of Samba that's installed?

    I know there are third-party solutions, but a $150-$200 surcharge for every Mac is quite a lot to connect to network shares.
  • 4. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (58,245 points)
    Any clues why there's still no DFS support?


    Nobody here would know.
  • 5. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    odelay Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I've just installed Snow Leopard and tried connecting to my work DFS share and it now works! (didn't work with 10.5). Sweet! No more need for my work Windows laptop.
  • 6. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (58,245 points)
    Any clues why there's still no DFS support?


    No. Nobody here would know as we don't work for Apple.
  • 7. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    jonathankonrad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just tried adding a student 10.6 machine to our school AD. Everything works BUT the DFS home. If I replace the home folder redirect with a direct path it mounts, but as DFS it doesn't.

    Until that happens our schools will not support Macs. It's why I only have 12 left out of 200, and they all boot straight into M$Windows. This should not be hard for Apple to do. And please don't direct me to 3rd party solutions. For businesses with money, that makes sense. For education I can not make the case. Period. It needs to work on our MS Network out of the box or no Macs. Sad really.

    Anyway, back to my question. You mention that you had your DFS shares mount? How so? How can I get my student home folders to mount with DFS? Thanks.
  • 8. Re: DFS support in 10.6
    JNoble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Isn't it just a matter of upgrading the version of Samba that's installed?"

    It's my understanding that Apple uses the code from FreeBSD - smbfs.
    This is old, does not support DFS referrals, and is not part of the samba project.
    Linux uses the more modern mount.cifs tool which is part of samba.
    Unfortunately this tool has linux specific code so it only works there.

    Presumably this code never made it into FreeBSD because it's under the GPL license - and is kernel related.

    It would be nice if Apple would sponsor some development of CIFS code under a more liberal license and so help you guys as well as the FreeBSD project from which it has gained so much.