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Fix: Mountain Lion Network Share Issue

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Update: Mac OS X 10.8.1 fixed the SMB browsing issues.

Upgrading to Mac OS X “Mountain Lion” hasn’t been all smiles and rainbows if you use Windows network shares. Ever since I upgraded, I wasn’t able to connect to my Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials network shares.

I used to be able to connect to my home server with “smb://192.168.1.115” and find all my network shares listed but with Mountain Lion, I was getting nothing but this error:

network-share-error

I searched but did not find the solution. What was wrong? Why couldn’t I connect to the server like I did in Lion and browse my network shares?

It turns out I couldn’t like that anymore. I had to actually specify my network share like so:

smb://192.168.1.115/documents

With that done, I wanted to solve the issue of unresponsiveness that I experienced with Lion. I deactivatedSMB signing” in order to improve SMB performance and it did. It may not be the most secure route but I’m not carrying top secret information here.

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