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Mavericks 10.9.3 addresses SMB, AD issues, restores iOS USB syncing

Apple has released OS X 10.9.3, an update to Mavericks that fixes issues with SMB file sharing permissions, network home directories, and Active Directory connections. The update also restores the ability to sync an iOS device via a USB cable, though there is no mention if Outlook syncing was restored.

The SMB fixes in OS X 10.9.3 may address several problems with ACL permissions that readers have reported (here and here). Apple said that the update "improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server." Mavericks also has other SMB file sharing problems with Windows servers and NAS devices that don't appear to be addressed in this update.

Please whether the OS X 01.9.3 update fixes the ACL permissions problems or any SMB problem you've had with Mavericks.

Other networingk improvements in the Mavericks 10.9.3 update included better reliability of network home directories, according to Apple, and faster login speed for users in Active Directory groups. Apple also lists improved reliability of secure VPN (virtual private network) connections using the IPsec protocol, and improved stability when installing configuration profiles.

The ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using iTunes and a USB cable was a long-time OS X capability that Apple removed with Mavericks 10.9.0, forcing users to sync via iCloud. At that time, OS X also lost the capability to sync with tethered iOS devices with Microsoft Outlook calendars and contacts, due to the removal of OS X's SyncServices, which Outlook had used for syncing. There is no mention of SyncServices or Outlook with Apple's materials, which makes it unlikely that Outlook syncing was restored.

To sync contacts and calendars with iOS devices via USB, both the 10.9.3 update and iTunes 11.2 are required. To enable USB syncing, you need to turn off iCloud syncing on your iOS device. Go to Settings > iCloud on and turn off the Contacts and Calendars items.

You also need to turn on iOS syncing in iTunes. Connect your device, open iTunes and select the device's name. Click the Info tab and enable the Sync Contacts and Sync Calendars options. Click the Apply button to sync when your done.

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