39992: I have been using the "mount volume" command to mount AppleTalk-based AFP server volumes. This command doesn't seem to work with Acronis Files Connect servers. What's wrong?

Question:

I have been using the "mount volume" command to mount AppleTalk-based AFP server volumes. This command doesn't seem to work with Acronis Files Connect (formerly ExtremeZ-IP) servers. What's wrong?

 

Answer:

The original "mount volume" scripting addition works only for AppleTalk volumes. This command used the following syntax:

mount volume "volume" on server "server" in AppleTalk zone "zone"

Since Acronis Files Connect volumes are not available via AppleTalk, this command does not work. Indeed, this command will never mount an AFP volume using TCP/IP -- even for servers that support AppleTalk and TCP/IP connections; the end result will be an AppleTalk-based (and hence slower) connection.

In Mac OS 8.5, Apple improved the "mount volume" command to allow for mounting TCP/IP-based servers. This new command takes an AFP URL instead of the above syntax. Suppose you wanted to mount the volume "Common" on the file server "MyServer.MyCompany.COM". You would then use the following command:

mount volume "afp://myserver.mycompany.com/Common/"

If your server doesn't have a DNS name you can still use the IP address -- if your server's IP address is 192.168.1.15 and the volume was called "Shared Files", you could use

mount volume "afp://192.168.1.15/Shared Files/"

Incidentally, Leonard Rosenthol originally developed this support. He has a downloadable version of this scripting addition and additional documentation. Additionally, his scripting addition works on Mac OS versions prior to Mac OS 8.5, so if you need support for older Mac OS versions, you should use his version, available at:

http://www.lazerware.com/software.html

 

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