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TIP: Workaround for Mavericks-OS X Server ACL problems

Dave Green updated his previous report about ACL permission problems with Mac Mavericks file sharing with OS X Server. He got rid of shares within shares and then switched file sharing from SMB to AFP. He's also running Windows on the Macs in Parallels Desktop virtual machines, with the Windows VMs…

TIP: Javascript could help Mavericks and Outlook Web problem

A reader asks, "I can't access Outlook Web App (OWA) with Mavericks. Is there a fix? It's not the server." We had a previous report and a response that it might be the server. However, we found that if you're getting the Outlook error message,…

DFS and slow SMB file sharing access for Macs

Christian Schneider responded to an old report called "Does DFS slow Snow Leopard SMB file server access?," about OS X's access to SMB file servers slows down when DFS is used on the network. Schneider thinks it does. The report from 2011 says: Hollai Gábor believes that Snow…


Lack of OS X ACL File Locking problem points to Deduplication

Brian Marsh reports not having the Mavericks problem of server-based files getting locked when OS X Mavericks users open them. The issue seems to create new Access Control Lists (ACL) permissions. Marsh also said that he is not using the Windows Server Deduplication feature, which readers have said…

Reader sees Mavericks ACL problems with OS X Server

David Green responded last week's report from a reader who was not seeing Mavericks SMB file sharing problems with ACLs with OS X Server. Many readers have reported this problem with Windows Server. Green says he is seeing the problems with OS X Server. Note that we have had reports of other…

OS X Migration Assistant problems with ACLs

Charles Schloss reported via Twitter of a problem with OS X's Migration assistant and Access Control List (ACL) permissions, similar to the problems we have been reporting about OS X Mavericks and file servers: @Chasapple Migration Assistant also has had an ACL defect…

Excel shortcuts for Mac-Win side-by-side

If you're switching between the Mac and Windows versions of Excel, the ExcelJet web site has a list of keyboard shortcuts for each version. The list includes 222 Excel for Mac and Windows keyboard commands printed side-by-side, and is searchable. The site also has short videos of tasks in both Mac…


Parallels Desktop 10 a big upgrade with new features, more speed and battery life

Parallels today released Parallels Desktop 10 ($80), a major new version of the virtualization environment for running Windows and other OS's on OS X Macs. The update includes dozens of new features, including support of Yosemite's new features inside Windows and Office, as well as streamlined installation, and tools for developers. Parallels Desktop 10 also boasts performance enhancements and less use of the Mac's battery...


TIP: Turn off ABE to fix Mavericks ACL Windows Server glitches

Jacob Snyder updated his report on Monday with the solution to his problem with Mavericks Mac clients breaking ACL permissions on Windows Servers. He reports: It ended up being a combination of using Access Based Enumeration and SMB2. By disabling ABE on the Windows server and forcing…

OS X Server doesn't have Mavericks ACL issues

TM reports that the problem we've been reporting about Mavericks clients changing Access Control Lists (ACLs) on Windows servers does not occur with Mavericks OS X Server. In fact, no one has reported the problem with OS X Server. Here's TM's report: I have no ACL issues with Mavericks Server…

App Nap a fleeting fix for Outlook duplicate emails

Christopher Ripper tried the suggestion of enabling App Nap for Outlook for Mac as a fix for the massive duplication of email with Outlook 2011 in Mavericks. Although two readers reported that the technique worked, Ripper said success was fleeting:

Reader problems with Windows 8 in Boot Camp 5

Wesley Heiss was having problems with Windows 8 on his MacBook Pro, so he updated Boot Camp to the version that Apple says works with Windows 8. (See our report to see which version works for your Mac.) Unfortunately, he receives an error message saying that only Windows 7 is support. Heiss writes…


Mavericks ACL bug keeps Windows users locked out

Nuwan Wolters has the Mavericks problem with ACLs changing when Mac users open files on Windows servers. Changing Time Machine settings and switching to SMB 1 alleviated the problem for Macs, but Windows users still could not open the files touched by Macs. And, administrators of the Windows server…

OS X 10.9.4 doesn't fix ACL file sharing problems

Jacob Snyder reports that the OS X 10.9.4 update did not fix his problems with changing ACLs on file servers. We've posted a lot of user reports of these problems on our Mavericks File Sharing Tips page, with some suggestions. Snyder refers to a link at the JAMF users forums. Snyder said this:…

Turning off data dedup works for 10.7 and 10.8 filesharing

We've previously reported that turning of data deduplication on Windows Server can alleviate Mavericks file sharing problems. Carson Charles reports that this resolves file sharing problems for Macs running Lion and Mountain Lion:…

Mavericks and AD network home folder issue

Dave Rubin reports having the problem described in the article "Corrupting Access Rights on Mavericks Home Folders on Windows Server" on an Active Directory network. The problem prevents the Mac from mounting the server-based home folder. Rubin describes it:…


OS X 10.9.4 fixes reader's file sharing problems

Jason Harrison reports that the recent OS X 10.9.4 update has fixed his organization's SMB file sharing problems with Mac Mavericks clients and OS X Server. He writes: Mac OS X 10.9.4 has fixed file-sharing issues. We work with a handful of sites that primarily…


VirtualBox maintenance update posted

Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.3.14, a maintenance update to the free virtualization software for running Windows and other guest operating systems on Macs, Linux, Unix, and Windows. The update fixes a number of minor bugs, "improve stability and fix regressions," and adds support of Blu-Ray devices on OS X hosts.

Paragon offers free HFS+ for Windows 8

Paragon Software Group has released a new Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition, a driver that enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted drive storage. The software adds support for HFS+ and HFSX partitions to Windows, and is compatible with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for users running…


Reader says Mavericks 10.9.3 still has ACL issues in AD

Nick Kustreba writes that the Mavericks 10.9.3 update did not fix his problems with ACL permissions on an Active Directory network domain. (Although Apple said that the update "Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server," other readers have…

Stellar Mail Converter for email migration

Stellar Information Technology has released Stellar Mail Converter for Mac, a new OS X utility for converting email messages between Apple, Outlook, and other formats. The utility supports Mail, Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, Postbox and mail programs that use MBOX, EMLX, or OLM files. Stellar Mail…

Parallels fixes Tools bug in OS X Guests, Yosemite hosts

Parallels has issued an update to Desktop that fixes a number of bugs, including the incompatibility with Parallels Tools in OS X Mavericks guests that caused virtual machines with Mavericks to boot into a black screen. Parallels Desktop Build 9.0.24237 fixes the problem, which occurred with OS X…

CrossOver 13.2 improves Windows apps with Enhanced Graphics on Macs

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 13.2.0, a maintenance update to software that enables Windows applications to run directly in OS X and in Linux. The update improves the stability of Windows games running with Performance Enhanced Graphics and fixes bugs related to installing Adobe Acrobat 10 and…


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