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Hi Experts,

We recently upgraded our network and got Windows Server 2008. It is working fine, except if I have to access any network share from my MAC it takes atleast 1 minute for the first time to connect. Once it is connected, it works fine.

I can access network shares from windows machines without any issue

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
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I can connect from my iMac to a Windows 2008R2 server share in a matter of seconds. I suspect your problem is not caused simply by the Mac, but maybe your network configuration, DNS server, or something else.
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It also depends on how the server is set up to authenticate both the machine and user. Are you on the same subnet as the server? What else is going on?

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Thanks for the replies..

I checked DNS settings, and they all looked good to me. I am on the same subnet.. I tried logging in with the same username and password, and it works perfectly fine on Windows machines, but somehow MAC takes quiet long to get connected..

As I said, once connected, it works perfectly fine after that.. I can see the server in Finder and access it from there.. But when I click on "Connect to server", it takes ages again...

Hope it makes sense??
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Are you using SMB to connect to W2008 server or AFP? SMB is the way to go.
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I am using SMB
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Are you getting an IP address from a DHCP server or does your machine have a fixed IP address?
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It is getting IP address from DHCP server...
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Is it a wired or wireless connection? Are you sure the DNS address is pointing to your server internal address and not the ISP external address?
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Hi Bob,

I tried both wired as well as wireless connections. DNS server is pointing to firewall address, not the actual server address. Is it right?
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I'm not sure. I have some knowledge of networks but am by no means an expert. On my system I am using a fixed IP address so that may be why my connection is relatively fast. Is there any chance they could set you up with a fixed IP address, even temporarily, just to rule out that the DHCP is the issue?
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How many servers are on the subnet? Can we assume the new W2008 server has a fixed IP number? If there is more than one server, has one of the servers been set to be the domain controller? When I had servers all had static IP addresses.
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@Bob: I tried setting up fixed IP, but of no use..

@Chilbear: There are 3 servers on subnet, but W2008 is the only domain controller and others are just File Serves... W2008 has fixed IP..
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Well, I am out of ideas. Sorry.
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No worries Bob.. I am still hunting for this..

Thanks for your help..
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