39556: Setting Default Volume Mount Style to AFP

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Last update: 01-02-2013


By default, the Active Directory plug-in on Macintosh OS X clients (version 10.3.3 and later), will use the SMB protocol when mounting a user's network share point.

Through the use of the dsconfigad command line utility, the default protocol for mounting network share points may be changed to the Apple File Protocol (AFP).


In order to change the default protocol that is used for the user's network home from SMB to AFP, follow this process. The setting does not affect the default method used to connect to other share points -- only the one that is defined as home in AD and only the auto mount at login.

  1. On a Mac OS X client (version 10.3.3 or later), open a Terminal window.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following command: dsconfigad -protocol afp
  3. Authenticate as an adminstrative user when asked.

Note: In Mac OS X 10.4 and above this can also be set using the Directory Utility.