Sep 19, 2011

Has Apple fixed the bugs in OS X Server 10.7 Lion yet?

I had read that there were some problems with SMB for people migrating Mac servers from 10.6 to 10.7. Has Apple fixed that yet, or is there a workaround? We need our Mac Apache server to share files to Windows users and Linux users too.

Here's what was in the 10.7.3 update:


The 10.7.3 update is recommended for all servers currently running Lion Server. This update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, migration and security of your server and improvements of the following services and applications:

File Sharing pane in the Server application
display number of connected users
list connected users
disconnect specific AFP users with a message
send a message to specific AFP users
set a login greeting message for AFP users
access to advanced ACL controls
VPN pane in the Server application
choice of enabling L2TP or L2TP and PPTP protocols
sharing of address ranges between L2TP and PPTP (if PPTP is enabled)
configure DNS name server addresses and domain names provided to VPN clients
option to save L2TP or PPTP settings as a configuration profile
Web pane in the Server application
enable .htaccess overrides
edit web sites' domain names
map multiple domains into a single web site
configure redirects and aliases
specify custom index files
choose SSL certificates for individual websites
Wiki Server
support for editing Wiki pages from an iPad running iOS 5 or later
support for Active Directory groups
improved reliability for certain timezones
improved support for an administrator-specified custom tag, protocol and inline style whitelist
Profile Manager
updated Exchange, Mail and Restrictions payloads for iOS clients
updated Dock payloads for OS X clients
performance improvements
allow VPN payloads to be used by both iOS and OS X clients
support for External Account home folder locations
improved support for managing enterprise applications
The update also includes specific fixes for:
iCal Server auto-acceptance of meetings during free times
authenticated directory binding to Open Directory servers with Directory Utility
improved reliability of setting up Open Directory replicas
correctly create podcasts when bound to an Active Directory server using Podcast Publisher
improved support for different certificates used for IMAP/POP and SMTP in the Server application
improved searching of logs in the Server application
web password reset support when using the Internet Explorer 9 browser


It's not really a bug. The SAMBA protocol was supported in 10.6 but in 10.7 Apple expects users to use their new Windows sharing protocol, which doesn't work. It's a big FAIL and not getting nearly enough press. It may be tied to the way that Windows handles extended metadata, or to Apple's incomplete support of NTFS. Third-party NTFS drivers may help for half of the problem, but you'll need to eliminate the extra metadata that OS X 10.7 Lion cannot handle.

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