I have a Windows Server 2012 machine providing shares for multiple workstations.

I have 2 Mac users that connect to this server and use the shared folders. They report that this share keeps dropping. Everytime they report it, I check from my Windows workstation and the shares appear to be online -- there seems to be no issue.

Is there anything I can do to make the mounted share consistent and not disappear? The issue is only on the Macs.

Both are running OS X v10.9.3

  • Are the devices connected via WiFi, or Ethernet?
    – Dave
    Jun 5, 2014 at 15:45

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I have similar problems with users on my network using Mavericks, where no such issue existed with Mountain Lion. Most users can live with it, and they simply re-mount the disk. Apparently, the SMB implementation on Mavericks is different than it was in prior OS releases. What I have found is that if I connect to drives using cifs://servername rather than smb://servername, this pretty much mitigates the issue. This has been true for NAS, MFDs with Windows shares, and Windows servers alike.

  • Thanks Dave I'll give it a go and let you know how it goes.
    – user35229
    Jun 5, 2014 at 16:50

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