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Lion can't connect to Windows Server 2003 shares

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rjo98 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 1, 2011 8:42 AM

Just upgraded my Mac Pros to Lion, and none my Macs cannot connect to my Windows Server 2003 shares, like they were yesterday, before the upgrade.  There are both Windows and Mac shares on the server for the files i'm trying to access.  Anyone know how i should connect to them now, looks like Lion had a big change in it i wasn't aware of.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Sep 1, 2011 9:08 AM (in response to rjo98)
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  • trilogy1000 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jan 24, 2012 3:46 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Sadly I tried this without success also. We can connect via SMB but we'd really like to get AFP access back.

  • George Gunzelman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 11, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to rjo98)

    Can someone from Apple chime in here please on AFP to Windows 2003.


    The articles seem to be the only fix posted.


    Obviously this is not working for many people. I too have tried this fix to connect my 10.7 Mac to Windows 2003 shares with no success. They worked fine in 10.6.8 and below but no AFP since 10.7 to Windows 2003 servers. SMB works fine. Also AFP/Time Machine to FreeNAS servers works fine.


    Can someone from Apple definitively tell us whether AFP to Windows 2003 servers should work, if so how do we fix it or tell us it does not work. I am on 10.7.4 now and it still is not working. I am getting tired of feeling like I am banging up against a brick wall.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)

    George Gunzelma-

    Can someone from Apple chime in here please on AFP to Windows 2003.

    These are User-to-User forums. Apple makes no promise of reading items posted here, and NEVER responds here.


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  • Jeffy3Be Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 18, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to rjo98)

    I am also having problems with Lion 10.7.4 connecting to a Windows 2003 Server using AFP. Like other people have said, SMB works fine, but we do not like SMB. We want AFP back. All our pre-Lion machines connect to the Windows Server just fine.


    I did call Apple and talked to Enterprise Support and absolutely got no where. The guy I talked to (PJ) suggested I update the Windows 2003 server after I told him the famous message everyone has been getting (that the server is not supported by Lion). Well, in my situation, I do not have access to the Windows Server, and now I have Lion machines that are useless. If Apple is going to make a dramatic move like this, shouldn't there be a preference setting in case the user wanted to enable the UAM's to get the AFP server connection back. Disabled UAM's are discussed in a kb Apple support article HT4700 (


    The steps in the article do not work in Lion 10.7.4, and I tried them over and over with no success. The main point of the article is to enable the UAM's (that Lion disabled), so client-server connections once again will work when connecting to Windows 2003 servers.


    I there is no solution, that's fine, but it would be nice to know if there is because I hate using the SMB protocol.

  • txoxy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 22, 2012 12:43 PM (in response to rjo98)

    I am having the same problem. HT4700 does not fix the problem for AFP. I can connect using SMB, but that causes horrible side effects.


    After connecting with SMB the Macs file system no longer displays newly created files (no kidding!). To repeat: If I go to TextEdit (or any other program) and save a file to the Desktop or to a folder, that file does not appear in the Finder or in an Open dialog box. The only way to find the newly created file is to search for it by name. If I click on the file in the list of found files and move it a tiny bit, the file will suddenly appear in the Finder. I can clear this problem by starting in safe mode. Then everything works normally until I access the Windows 2003 Server using SMB. Then the problem returns. This happens on several Macs just upgraded to Lion 10.7.4. Our other Macs running Lion 10.7.3 are fine.

  • acers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 10:50 AM (in response to rjo98)

    I have went into the properties for File Server for Macintosh.  I am also running server 2003 and am having the same issues as well as problems with products of CS5 saving back onto the server.  I am attempting to update the File Associations and also made a security change to Apple Clear Text or Microsoft in authentification. This is the spot I decided to start working in first.....

  • fifiguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to rjo98)

    To see the smb shares on a window 2003 server you need to make sure the hidden option is turned off on the server for the macs to see the share.  If you are only using a afp share you need to setup a new share on the 2003 server using smb.


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