force afp or samba?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by carr1on, May 22, 2011.

  1. carr1on macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2011
    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.
  2. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    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>/
  3. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    To what pesky Apple "dust" would you be referring?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    Los Angeles
    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.
  5. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    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.
  6. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    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.
  7. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    See the response two posts above yours.


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