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Hi Guys - After "upgrading" to macOS Sierra 10.12, I can no longer connect to a Windows share when I use the Windows computer name to connect. I can connect to Linux shares by name on other machines, just not Windows. My work-around is to use the ip address.


cortes is the name of my Windows machine with a share on it.


Doesn't work = smb://cortes/Music


Works = smb://


I can use either syntax when connecting to a Linux NAS (not using AFP either).


Here is the error message:


There was a problem connecting to the server “cortes”.



The server may not exist or it is unavailable at this time. Check the server name or IP address, check your network connection, and then try again.





Not sure if there is a real fix for this issue, but would love to see one.

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There seem to have been some changes to SMB mounting in Sierra, possibly relating to default permissions. I find I now have to explicitly connect to my SMB share in order to find it (Connect As ..) and here's a post from the Roon support boards on issues this is causing for them:


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