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I deal with a similar application, and also encountered some sites with severe performance issues after upgrading from old XP hardware to new Windows 7 hardware, especially in the early days of Windows 7. The two things that have alleviated this in almost all cases are: NIC settings. Make sure all client workstations NIC drivers are up to date and have ...
The mount command. man mount.cifs is the easiest, the share will become part of the Linux file system. The alternative is smbclient a FTP like interface. Most password policies have an exception for service accounts allowing for passwords that don't expire.
Since you are used to PowerShell (and it's good practice regardless)...enable it permanently on the server: Add-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1
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