After spending almost 3 days on this issue without any idea how to solve it or finding similar problems on serverfault and other communities, I guess I have to open a question. Here's the problem:
We work in a pure Mac environment, however for some applications and machines we need a few Windows PCs. Up until now they have all used Windows XP as OS, however we recently built a fresh Windows client and decided to go ahead with Windows 8.
Data for those 3 to 4 Windows boxes is served from a Mac Mini running Mountain Lion Server. The share in questions is an external RAID-System attached to the Mac Mini / Server. We will call this one "ShareX".
On our Mac clients everything is and has been fine - naturally, AFP is used for file sharing on these clients though.
On our Windows XP boxes and virtual machines everything is fine as well
On the new Windows 8 box \\server\ShareX is not reachable:
- the progress bar in the location field on this client will progress into eternity when trying to access this share, until explorer.exe becomes unresponsive
- meanwhile \\server\ShareA, ShareB or ShareC are accessible without problems
- even subfolder of ShareX are working fine, e.g. \\server\ShareX\SubfolderY - so only the root of the share seems to be affected
- for testing I also installed Windows 8 in a virtual machine -> exactly the same issues
- we have another Windows 7 based controller PC, which behaves as flawless as the XP systems - can access everything
oddly enough in about 1 out of 30 times I can access the problematic share, however if I open another subfolder and try to go back to the root of the share explorer.exe is unresponsive again.
This is what I tried:
- killed and restarted the smb sharing service
- restarted the server
- deleted and recreated the share
- just for testing also served the share via FTP, which Windows 8 could access just fine. So it's only related to SMB, not the data itself it seems.
- checked the external raid system for errors. Everything's ok according to Apple's Disk Utility
At this point I'm really out of ideas. Any help is appreciated.
Has anyone come across a similar problem?