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Old 09-24-2009, 03:09 AM   #1
Tuvok
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Questions about AFP, CIFS and shared home folders in a mixed environment

Hi all,

I am working at a university in a mixed Mac and Windows environment. This University want to use the standard protocol CIFS and share home folders. I have a few questions about this:

(1) Is it possible to disable AFP and use only CIFS in a network environment?
(2) Is is possible to have home folders on the network using CIFS?
(3) Is there anyone how used shared home folders on a Mac OS X Server so that Mac and Win clients share the same home folder?
(4) Can anyone tell me the difference between CIFS and CIFS version 2?

I googled a lot but the information is very hard to find. Hope anyone can help me on this forum.

Thanks in advance.

Patrick
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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(1) Is it possible to disable AFP and use only CIFS in a network environment?

Yes, it is possible

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(2) Is is possible to have home folders on the network using CIFS?

Yes, but there are limitations and Mac OS X and Windows have different illegal characters that are not allowed in file paths.

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(3) Is there anyone how used shared home folders on a Mac OS X Server so that Mac and Win clients share the same home folder?

Me personally, no I have not. Check out www.afp548.com as there is a lot of great resources there.

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(4) Can anyone tell me the difference between CIFS and CIFS version 2?

Probably security measures, probably transfer tweaks and added packets. I know that SMB and SMB2 has those same differences.

I googled a lot but the information is very hard to find. Hope anyone can help me on this forum.

Thanks in advance.

Patrick[/QUOTE]


Ideally, in a mixed environment you want to set up the golden triangle. Get an OD server and bind it to your AD server. Then managed all your mac clients through OD group policies. The home directories can be stored wherever and the OD policy will tell the mac client where they are.

Then your mac clients will authenticate against AD, but get policy from OD.
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