On occasion cannot rename or delete files & folders on a Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB share from a Macbook.

Mac OS X 10.10 build 14A389a

The SMB share has granted "Everyone" with Full Control permissions.

Windows 7 desktops access the share without issue.

Error messages received are:

The operation can't be completed. An unexpected error occurred (error code -8706).

You don't have permission to rename the item.

  • Considering another TLA it is clear that the MBP is not seen it.
    – Ruskes
    Feb 4, 2015 at 5:54
  • Windows 7 desktops access the share without issue. I believe the issue is with the Mac, not Windows.
    – Ash
    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:07
  • agree, that is what I said MBP = MacBook Pro. Guessing the permissions are not clear on MBP site. Check Console log for errors on SMB.
    – Ruskes
    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:11

3 Answers 3


This is something we had issues with today at work.

It goes like this:

Have a folder (Folder 1) and create another folder in this folder (Folder 2). Copy a file (such as an image) into Folder 2. Now you won't be able to rename Folder 1 without Finder asking for admin password, and entering that gives the same dialog as the second posted above by Ash. Moving (or deleting) the file that was added to Folder 2 out from that folder makes it possible to rename Folder 1 again. Seems like a bug to me. It has been reported to Apple.

  • I have just reconnected the Windows shares using CIFS:// instead of SMB:// for testing. Will provide an update here.
    – Ash
    Feb 17, 2015 at 1:15
  • Issue has popped up again - asking for permission to move and rename files.
    – Ash
    Feb 26, 2015 at 4:19

Might have to do with the (automatically created) .DS_Store files. I turned this function off and seems to be working proper now. Here's how:


  • What issues were you having prior to turning off .DS_Store files?
    – Ash
    Feb 26, 2015 at 4:20

Sounds like your having issues with ownership and permissions.
This might be due to storing user-X's file inside user-Y's directory.
Now when user-Y tries to rename his directory,
he is in effect trying to alter the attributes of user-X's file.

Use the stat command to investigate.
Use chown, chmod, chgrp, & chflags to make any changes.

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