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Mavericks slow share mounting, the 10.9.3 update, and CIFS workaround

The CIFS workaround for the problems with Mavericks SMB file sharing worked for one reader but not the other, who reports long times to mount a share. The Mavericks 10.9.3 update also doesn't help the second reader. The workaround forces the use of the older CIFS protocol via the Go to Server command in the Finder's Go menu.

An anonymous reader reported success:

I followed the instruction using cifs://server from the Finder's Go menu and it worked. I used to save files without problem to Windows Server before upgrading to Mavericks.

Mayes Howard, however, reports that this and other workarounds do not work on issues of very slow connections, and neither does the OS X 10.9.3 update:

You asked, whether the OS X 10.9.3 update fixes the ACL permissions problems or any SMB problem with Mavericks. The short answer in my office is NO. No amount of trickery from all the Apple tech sites and blogs has proven to be much help. We've tried using CIFS, as well as, SMB://sharename, SMB:// IPaddress. All of our Macs just sit there showing the swirling beach ball of confusion while often taking more than 5 minutes to mount the share. Then, even when it does finally mount, should you allow the connection to be idle for more than a few minutes it drops the connection and the whole ordeal begins again.

I upgraded (a term I use loosely here) half of the iMacs to OS X 10.9.3, from 10.9.2, simply to see if the upgrade was worth the trouble. Again, the short answer was no.

I will say however, should Apple finally quit playing around with different versions of SMB and not be so proprietary about it, I can say I donŐt miss my PC anymore. Maverick is slick and fastÉas long as youŐre not using it on a network!

Has the OS X 10.9.3 fixed your problems with slow Mavericks file sharing? Please .

For more articles on these issues, see Mavericks File Sharing Tips and Reports.