HFS+, NTFS and SMB2...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JoelBC, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

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    I was at the Apple store yesterday and was discussing setting up OS X Server in a mixed environment (OS X and Windows 7).

    OS X Server allows the admin to specify whether the shared folder's protocol will be AFP or SMB2...the Apple Genius told me that SMB2 is the preferred because it means that a Windows computer can natively read / write to shared folders on HFS+ formatted drives.

    This does not make sense to me but is it true?

    TIA,

    Joel
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Yes, it's true, though there have been some issues with SMB2 in Mavericks connecting to Windows clients.
    A disk's format is independent of the protocol used to connect to it over the network.
     
  3. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Appreciate the response...two follow ups"

    i) Based on your response I should therefore be able to connect a Windows computer to an HFS+ shared folder and backup the Windows computer to that share?

    ii) Does this also extend to HFS+ formatted DAS units [i.e. a Windows machine can similarly write to HFS+ formatted DS units]?

    Thanks, you have just greatly simplified things for me.


    Joel
     

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