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Apple Defaults to Windows Standard

I was looking at the Apple documentation around Mavericks as I was interested to see how they were intending to make more use of the extensive metadata that they have had available for files stored; the keynote made me wonder whether they were beginning to transition to something more object-like. Something which makes a lot of sense in my world, it’d certainly give some of the application vendors a decent kick in right direction.

And I came across this snippet which will upset some die-hard Mac-fans but make some people who integrate Macs into corporate environments pretty happy.


SMB2 is the new default protocol for sharing files in OS X Mavericks. SMB2 is superfast,
increases security, and improves Windows compatibility.

It seems that Apple are finally beginning to deprecate AFP and wholeheartedly embrace SMB2; yes, I know some of us might have prefered NFS but it is a step in the right direction. And Apple changing a default protocol to improve Windows compatibility; who’d have thunk it. Still, it appears that Apple are continuing with the horrible resource forks!!

And the big storage vendors will be happy…because they can finally say that they support the default network file system on OSX.

No, I can’t see evidence for a whole-hearted embracing of Object Storage yet..




  1. Gabi says:

    Thanks for this.

    A good read !!

    Certainly a step in the right direction, it’s currently such a pain for OSX on a corporate environment as you know.

    NFS would have been ideal, maybe later on.#

    I’ll pass this onto a friend of mine, he will be over the moon.



  2. TimC says:

    I’d argue NFS would be far from ideal (and support is already there so I’m not even sure what you’re getting at). 90%+ corporate environments use Windows workstations and CIFS fileshares. NFS is there in some places, but as an afterthought. If Apple wanted to be taken seriously they needed to make SMB a first class citizens. Step 2 will be better integration into active directory. I know, I know, M$ is the devil and all that, but the product *just works* in almost all settings. And I’ll take AD and Exchange over LDAP and sendmail any day of the week.

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