In my recent post about Mac OS X Lion, I spoke a little bit about my SMB connection problem when connecting to a Windows File Server. Well, it’s a happy day, because my IT guy has found a solution to the problem! So, I hope this post helps you to fix your problem connecting to SMB so that you too can say “I finally fixed my SMB connection problem!” (seriously, go ahead and say that by clicking one of the sharing options…that would be awesome).
But, before I show the solution, I need to outline the problem:
Ever since “upgrading” (this problem made it feel like a downgrade), I haven’t been able to connect to my shared drives at work on my iMac. I outline the problem in this forum post as well, but basically, I had been trying to connect to a 2008 Windows File Server which uses Active Directory to validate permission levels.
The way that this was done in Snow Leopard was that I would fire up my Connect to Server panel, tell it which drive I wanted it to connect to, and, abracadabra…it just worked:
That is…until Friday.
The solution to the problem was actually incredibly simple. Basically, you just open up Terminal and manually tell the computer to mount the drive. …And that’s it. I have no idea why this works from Terminal and not the Connect to Server panel, but it does. Here’s how it goes.
As you can see, I am not connected to my external drives here:
I open up Terminal and write in this line:
Go back to the Terminal and type
wait for it to say
then push Command + Q to Quit.
And just like that, I’ve mounted the drives for the day.
A couple things to remember:
- You will need to go through this process each time you restart or shut down the machine
- You should attempt a connection to the drive through the Connect to Server panel before doing this in order to prep the connection with your domain credentials.
But, that’s it…at least in my experience. Now I just have to wait until Apple sends out a Software Update to fix this problem permanently. Until then, I have a shortcut to Terminal in my Dock, and I’ll take the 30 seconds to manually mount my drives each morning.
I’ve read all over the internet about different people having different problems with SMB and Lion, and there are a lot of variables at play here. You could have
- Different types of servers
- Different versions of the same type of server
- Different methods of authentication
- On the Domain vs. Not On the Domain
So, if this solution doesn’t work for you, please don’t hate me. Maybe if you leave a comment, some other kind soul will swing by and help you in your time of need as well.
A special thanks for my IT guy, Matt Hager, for helping me through this problem. I never would have figured it out on my own.
Please leave a comment even if this didn’t solve your problem. Who knows…someone smarter than I am may come along and help you out.