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carr1on
May 22, 2011, 09:28 PM
I recently purchased a Western Digital World Book Live, which is a Linux-based cheapie NAS. Good price. Decent features.

I'm pretty new to the Mac world, and have been trying to learn as much as possible. Here's my question:

In Finder, how can I choose either AFP or SMB to connect to a network resource? My Mac connects to the World Book as AFP, but I would prefer to connect to it as SMB to keep all the pesky Apple "dust" out of my network shares.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.



mrbash
May 23, 2011, 03:22 AM
Simply attach to the NAS using the smb protocol instead of afp.

Go to Finder. Click Go->Connect to Server...
Then type:
smb://<NAS address>/

Detrius
May 23, 2011, 09:47 PM
To what pesky Apple "dust" would you be referring?

CloudMac.net
Jun 18, 2011, 11:52 PM
Is it possible to force a protocol other than AFP if one is not entered? AFP is default if you just type <servername> in the "Connect to Server" window. It would be nice to have the option to force SMB as the default protocol in some environments.

dimme
Jun 19, 2011, 07:22 AM
To what pesky Apple "dust" would you be referring?

If the OP is referring to the .insivible files I think they will still show up if he connects via smb. They do on my Ubuntu server.

jtara
Jun 20, 2011, 11:30 AM
I just put SMB or AFP in the service description, so that the different services can be identified in GUI lists of available servers (as in Finder).

Whatever floats your boat, but I think you are better off using AFP than SMB if you're accessing the server from a Mac. Personally, I'd love to see a way to "hide" the SMB server on Macs while still being able to run both servers. (To support Windows clients.)

I think what you want to do is to simply shut off the AFP service. If you don't have a need for it, just shut it off. I assume there should be some way to shut off services on the NAS.

To me, it's a plus that your NAS support AFP. Most only support SMB.

Detrius
Jun 20, 2011, 04:40 PM
Is it possible to force a protocol other than AFP if one is not entered? AFP is default if you just type <servername> in the "Connect to Server" window. It would be nice to have the option to force SMB as the default protocol in some environments.

See the response two posts above yours.

Simply attach to the NAS using the smb protocol instead of afp.

Go to Finder. Click Go->Connect to Server...
Then type:
smb://<NAS address>/