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Reports of problems and fixes related to file sharing issue with Snow Leopard and Windows

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Snow Leopard Version History

Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 update not available in Software Update for some builds

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 -- Apple support article TS3644 posted last Friday says that the Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 update may not appear in Software Update on certain builds of Mac OS Server. Apple recommends the following procedure:

To update from Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 build 10F2522 or v10.6.5 build 10H574, first download and install the Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 v1.1 update. After you install and restart, Software Update should offer the Mac OS X Server v10.6.6 update.

Mac OS X 10.6.6 updates add App Store, but few bug fixes listed

Friday, January 7, 2011 -- Yesterday Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update and Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 Update. Both updates install a new App Store application into the Dock, which enables users to buy Mac software on the Apple's new online App Store. The updates also include security patches. Missing from the descriptions of the updates are mention of bug fixes, which are typically included in maintenance updates. Readers continue to report problems after upgrading to Snow Leopard regarding file sharing, Active Directory, and, to a lessor degree, with Boot Camp.

Another departure from traditional updates is the fact that Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 Update does not include a Server Admin Tools 10.6.6 update. Apple said that users need to continue with Server Admin Tools 10.6.5.

Update January 9: Another Apple tech article, HT4459 lists two minor bug fixes with printing and with the mouse pointer on some Macs.

If you've found that these updates fix or create any issues

Apple updates Snow Leopard Server (again) to address mail security issue

Friday, November 19, 2010 -- Apple has released another update to Mac OS X Server just days after releasing version 10.6.5. The new update, called Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 Update 1.1, adds a new security fix for the mail server included with Snow Leopard Server. Apple said the issue exists only in the first 10.6.5 update:

A memory aliasing issue in Dovecot's handling of user names exists in Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 (10H574). On systems configured with Dovecot as a mail server, a user may receive mail that was intended for other users. This issue is addressed through improved memory management. Dovecot is only provided with Mac OS X Server systems. This issue only affects systems running Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 (10H574). This issue does not affect the Dovecot open source project.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 improves AD binding, Exchange connections, AFP file sharing

Monday, November 15, 2010 -- Last week Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.5, an update to Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server that addresses several enterprise issues. Apple said the update improves performance for users bound to an Active Directory domain, and that it improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 also includes security updates, including one that fixes two vulnerabilities in the built-in AFP server of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. One of the fixes prevents a remote attacker from detecting the existence of an AFP share with a given name. Mac OS X 10.6.5 also includes about two dozen other general usability improvements, several of them dealing with the Dock.

Apple also released the Server Admin Tools specifically for Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Server Admin Tools 10.6.5 is available only through Software Update.

If Mac OS X 10.6.5 fixes any problems for you

Mac OS X Server update for VPN, SMB, other issue with Mac Pro

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 -- Apple has released "Mac OS X Server 10.6.4 Update for Mac Pro (Mid 2010)," an update of its server package. Apple lists about a dozen fixes for the update. These include a problem "copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers" and reliability of VPN connections. It also fixes an issue with CalDAV querying of email addresses with Active Directory and Open Directory servers. The update is for only the recently upgraded Mac Pro hardware running Mac OS X Server 10.6.3.

Does this release fix any issue for you?

Snow Leopard update to "close performance gap with Windows"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 -- Apple released the Snow Leopard Graphic Update, which is designed to fix performance and stability of specific games. It addresses frame rates in Portal and Team Fortress and Team Fortress 2, and bugs with Aperture 3 or StarCraft II. However game manufacture Steam said that performance of its games had been below that of Windows.

At it web site, Steam indicated that a "lot of buzz about performance, particularly relative to Windows" spurred them to contact Apple about it. Steam has a lengthy technical post about the update, including this:

...we have spent a large chunk of effort in the intervening months working with Apple and their GPU vendors to close the performance gap with Windows. The combination of changes in our code and the latest graphics update available from Apple today removes a variety of software bottlenecks, resulting in significant graphics performance enhancements for Mac gamers.

Is there a gaming performance gap between Snow Leopard and Windows in general? Post a note in our forums.

Mac OS X 10.6.4 addresses VPN, SMB file copy issues

Friday, June 18, 2010 -- This week, Apple released the 10.6.4 update to Mac OS X and to Mac OS X Server. Among various fixes Apple lists in its support article are improved reliability of VPN connection and fixes of problems "copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers." Mac OS X Server 10.6.4 has the same fixes as the climate, plus others, including fixing "an issue that could prevent one from copying files larger than 2 GB to an SMB volume."

Since the Snow Leopard first shipped, readers have been reporting various problems with SMB file sharing (see Snow Leopard File Sharing Tips and Reports). However, readers today reported that the update does not fix problem of slow SMB file browsing.

how the 10.6.4 update affects your SMB file sharing problems.

Big 10.6.3 Update fixes Office/SMB bugs, Active Directory problems, dozens of others

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 -- Apple yesterday released Mac OS X 10.6.3, an update to Snow Leopard that addresses about fifty bugs and issues and includes dozens of security fixes. According to Apple, the update fixes a number of problems that MacWindows readers have been reporting since Snow Leopard first shipped, including those related to file sharing, Active Directory, and Exchange Server. Apple also released a Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 update.

Apple said that the update fixes the problem with saving files to Windows servers from Office 2008, a problem that many readers have reported and offered workarounds. Readers have also reported the problem with the Adobe CS suite, and today, a reader today reported that the 10.6.3 update fixed the problem......Read entire story here

Apple issues Snow Leopard Server Admin Tools 10.6.2 maintenance release

Monday, November 23, 2009 -- Apple released a Server Admin Tools 10.6.2, and update to its suite of tools for managing Mac OS X Server 10.6 remotely from another Mac. The update, which requires 10.6.2 to be installed on both Server and Remote Mac, fixes a number of bugs in Server Admin, Server Preferences, Server Assistant, Workgroup Manager, System Image Utility, and Xgrid Admin.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 update addresses AD, cross-platform issues

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 -- On Monday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.2, an update to Snow Leopard that includes a long list of bug fixes, including several Windows-compatibility issues that readers have been reporting. These include problems with Active Directory, Entourage and Exchange, virtual private networks, and AFP file servers. Apple said the update also fixes a bug that caused data loss with guest accounts.

Apple said that the update includes fixes for the following issues, many of which we've previously reported:

how the 10.6.2 update affected these an other Snow Leopard problems we've reported.

Apple says Snow Leopard bug with guest accounts can delete user data

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 -- Apple has acknowledged what it calls a rare bug in Snow Leopard that can delete all user data from a hard drive and reset the user account. Reports on Apple's discussion forum say that the problem occurs when a user logs in as a guest account, logs out, and then logs in again with a regular account. Users find the entire home folder reset to a virgin condition. The data loss does not occur every time this procedure is performed.

CNET quoted an Apple written statement saying "We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases, and we are working on a fix."

That fix could come in the form of an update to the OS. AppleInsider reported that Apple has seeded developers with two beta builds of Mac OS X 10.6.2, the next release version of Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopard 10.6.1 not aimed at fixing SMB, AD problems

Friday, September 11, 2009 -- Apple released the Mac OS X 10.6.1 update, and Snow Leopard Server 10.6.1 update. The 10.6.1 client fixes some problems with Mail, including problems sending mail to certain SMTP servers. However, the bug fix list does not include problems with SMB file sharing, Active Directory problems, and virtual private networking issues, which readers have been reporting.

The 10.6.1 Server update fixes a problem "that could cause Server Admin or Server Assistant to report a duplicate serial number" on servers with multiple Ethernet ports. It also "improves reliablity with services that use Grand Central Dispatch" and adds some security patches.

If you've tried Snow Leopard 10.6.1 client or server update

Snow Leopard 10.6.0 improves Boot Camp, Exchange, Cisco VPN

Monday, August 31, 2009 -- For cross-platform users, Apple's Friday release of Snow Leopard includes some new users features, despite being a touted as an under-the-hood upgrade. Improvements include a better Boot Camp for booting a Mac with Windows, better Exchange Server compatibility, and improved VPN. Mac OS X 10.6 also includes "native support" for Cisco IPsec VPN connections. Snow Leopard Server, also released on Friday, offers a number of new features for Mac clients, though little for Windows clients... Read entire story here


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