Old Aliases not working under SMB share from new Windows Server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by peted57, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. peted57 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2016
    Am transitioning from a Netgear ProNAS running AFP to a Windows SAN running SMB protocol.

    Initial test, when contents moved to SAN is that I can access all other files BUT all previously created aliases turn into UNIX icons and won't open the original file that they point to.

    When I create a NEW alias on the SAN over the share, it has the correct ICON and does open the correct file.

    How can all the legacy ALIASES be fixed or restored (we have thousands of these).

    iMac, OS X Yosemite (10.10.5)
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Because when you first make that alias it is tied to the original sever file! Once a new Server was installed you need to redo all you shortcuts, especially when the Server name/ IP changes!
  3. run2win macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2016
    Kansas City
    The reason is that the alias contains the SMB or AFP at the beginning. Similar to a URL containing http:// at the beginning. We went through the same thing in the transition from older versions of server to the newer Apple versions of server that prefer SMB vs. AFP. The other thing to consider is the links within inDesign documents. We never explored this deeply enough to see if there were ramifications to this as well. You can turn on AFP and SMB but in some cases you will get two mounts at the same time (one SMB and one AFP). This can be confusing to the users.

    You will need to evaluate the time it will take to convert the aliases. It MAY not be that extensive OR it may not be worth the trouble to switch from AFP to SMB.

    The main benefit to switching to security. AFP has not been updated in some time. There are some encryption routines that are only supported on SMB. Long-term it will be better to be over to SMB. Right now both protocols are supported but Apple may drop support for AFP long-term. As mentioned the new server supports both which can have confusing results to the users.

    Hope that helps.
  4. peted57 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2016

    This would explain the Alias not finding the original - but not the alias actually changing to a UNIX icon and unusable.

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