Here's the setup:
Client machine: Mac OS X 10.7 (.0, .1, .2)
Server machine: Mac OS X 10.6.8 Server
In some cases the client machines were upgraded from 10.5, 10.6, and 10.4 and had aliases to AFP shares. E.g. "Shared Files alias" on the Desktop that, when clicked, connected to the server over AFP and mounted the share (and navigated to a specific folder).
What's happening is that these aliases show up as "broken" after one disconnect, so they stop working as expected. Strangely enough, the *volume* gets mounted, but Finder is unable to navigate to the *folder* and displays a "broken alias" error dialog.
Going along with the name of the share from above as "Shared Files," I see this in syslog:
2011-11-03 1:22:06.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_mount: /Volumes/Shared Files-1, pid 14526
2011-11-03 1:22:13.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_unmount: /Volumes/Shared Files-1, flags 0, pid 14534
2011-11-03 1:22:21.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_mount: /Volumes/Shared Files-2, pid 14526
2011-11-03 1:22:33.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_unmount: /Volumes/Shared Files-2, flags 0, pid 14541
2011-11-03 1:28:42.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_mount: /Volumes/Shared Files-3, pid 14554
2011-11-03 1:28:55.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_unmount: /Volumes/Shared Files-3, flags 0, pid 14569
2011-11-03 1:29:05.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_mount: /Volumes/Shared Files-4, pid 14554
2011-11-03 1:29:13.000 PM kernel: AFP_VFS afpfs_unmount: /Volumes/Shared Files-4, flags 0, pid 14578
If I connect from 10.7 client to another 10.7 client, AFP_VPS does not increment the name of the shared volume, so aliases connect correctly.
Since I'm unwilling to completely bork my server and upgrade to 10.7 Server, this situation is understandably frustrating. Trying to explain to users (and owners) who are not computer-savvy that Apple's latest version of Mac OS X cannot reliably connect to the server is not productive or something I want to have to do over and over.
I'm not sure if the problem can be resolved in this forum or the 10.7 client forum, but I'm thinking this is a good place to start.
Thanks in advance for any advice (outside of "upgrade to 10.7 Server," which is absolutely NOT an option).