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OS X 10.8.4 tackles Boot Camp, Active Directory, SMB, Exchange problems

Apple has released OS X 10.8.4, a Mac OS update with a number of bug fixes and improvements, including several for Macs working with Windows environments. The issues include a minor bug with Boot Camp, fixes to Macs in Active Directory and Exchange environments, and Macs connecting to SMB file servers. OS X 10.8.4 also includes security updates.

The Boot Camp fix eliminated a bug that could prevent the Mac going into a scheduled sleep when booted with Windows. Apple said that the 10.8.4 update has better Microsoft Exchange compatibility with Calendar than previous versions.

The update includes a couple of file sharing bug fixes. On fixes a problem that can prevent users from saving files to an SMB file server. The other fixes a bug that could prevents the display of changes to files made over NFS.

Active Directory improvements include better log-in performance when using a .local domain or with cached accounts. The update also improves wireless (802.1X) compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks. Connections to certain types of enterprise Wi-Fi networks are also improved with the update, according to Apple. OS X 10.8.4 also has better OpenDirectory data replication.

The OS X 10.8.4 update is available through Software Update in the OS. You can also download a combo update from Apple's web site. The combo update can install on versions of OS X 10.8.0 through 10.8.3.

Next Monday, Apple will deliver to developers a pre-release version of a new OS X build, thought to be OS X 10.9. Apple will likely demonstrate the new version at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

If the OS X 10.8.4 update has affected your experience with Boot Camp, Active Directory, SMB, or Exchange .