Okay, so here's some follow up info after talking with my IT department.
The server that I'm trying to connect to is 2008 Windows File Server. We employ Active Directory for permissions and validation.
My IT guy thinks that the reason that I can connect to the FTP side of things via SMB is because, in that case, I have root-level access to the content. In all the other directories that I'm trying to access, I do not have root level access. Something with the way Lion is connecting is not properly working with Active Directory and denying me access to the folder. He said that this same problem existed on OSX 10.4, but had gotten significantly better in 10.5 and 10.6. In his opinion 10.7 is a major step backwards. I would have to agree.
Obviously, the solution to this problem is not to have IT give me root level access...that defeats the purpose of permissions. I also cannot expect my IT department to recalibrate settings on our server to help me fix a problem that Apple caused.
I'm leaning towards reverting back to 10.6 Snow Leopard to solve this problem. I'm definitely kicking myself for jumping on Lion so early...I just wish that I had known about this problem before installing.
I'm a Network Manager/Engineer, in an AD Domain, and SMB works fine for everyone that needs to be able to access their shared drives. "Root Level, or not". I've not had a single complaint about Lion, with mapping drives, dropping WiFi connections, etc - so far it all works as advertised.
You might want to rejoin the domain, and see if that helps. We didn't have to do anything here, and it all works fine, in Lion.
Hi Monty, thanks for chiming in.
What if my machine is not on the domain? I ask that question because...it isn't.
We are a very PC-centric organization, so Macs have always been more "tolerated" than anything. If we can get them to work on our network, that's usually good enough. For that reason, none of the Macs in our building are actually on the domain.
As Rob asked, have you tried any machines that are non-domain?
Hi, I've got a similiar problem after I set up Lion...
I've got a PC, running Windows NT (I know, it's old, but I can't change/update it) and with Lion I can't access to its SMB sharings... No problems with Snow, no problems with Windows XP, and no problems with Windows 7 Pro (but I had to change this settings in Admin Tools http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738867(WS.10).aspx)
There is a way to enable access to old sharings?
Or a way to "downgrade" to Snow Leopard's Samba?
Thanks, have a nice day...
I have something to add:
connecting with Lion to a "Windows Server 2008 R2 SMB Share" without a Domain works just fine in our local network.
We have several locations we are connected with through a VPN tunnel. When trying to connect to a "Windows Server 2008 R2 Share" with or without domain in a remote network, that does not work.
In our VPN here there is nothing blocked, all ports are going through. But since there is no difference between a 2008 R2 IN a Domain or NOT in a Domain I would blame the VPN and not the Domain.
But since every port is open I can't pinpoint where it comes from.
So, any help apreciated, and hopefully my information helps getting answers for other as well!
Have a nice day
Having the same problem here. Was able to connect to my office via VPN -> SMB before Lion using Snow Leopard and aft the Lion upgrade...nada. Can connect to the VPN (Cisco) but that is as far as it gets. May have to go back to Snow Leopard was well.
I really wish the first rule of upgradeing was "do no harm..."
Any help would be appreciated. Everything else in Lion worked fine, however, this is huge.
Ok, so here's an interesting update. I took some screenshots to help communicate what I'm trying to say.
There are two key folders that I'm trying to connect to via SMB. One is a public folder, which is accessible to anyone on our domain, and the other is a departmental drive.
Now, when I push "Connect," I get the folder that indicates that I do not have permissions to view the contents.
However, when I toggle the folder view, I can actually get into the folder. In other words, simply changing the view to thumbnail view instead of column view, the folder contents appear.
This little "hack" however, does not work when trying to access the departmental folder. I would have to guess that this is because my departmental content is two folder levels above "nyfiles" while the public content is only one level...?
Does this help any of you see what the problem might be? I'm really getting tired of having a PC sitting next to me all the time to move files back and forth that my Mac can't connect to. However, I'm scared to downgrade to Snow Leopard and potentially lose data. So, if anybody (maybe someone from Apple...hint, hint) can give some advice to resolve this, that would be amazing.