// Mac OS X: NFS instead of AFP for home directories

This is a rather interesting thing I've come across, using NFS as protocol instead of AFP for home directories.

Changing the protocol fixed several annoying issues for us:

  1. Microsoft Office can now save files in your network home!!! With AFP you'd get the annoying error saying it can't store on a network volume. With NFS you don't get this error, it just works!
    • MS Office also had issues with just saving a file in your home folder, this issue is now gone as well.
    • OmniGraffle also had a similar issue with saving files in your home folder, this is also solved.
    • TextWrangler also had issues with saving in your home folder, 1303 error if I remember correct, this is now also solved.
    • I'm not aware of other applications but at this point I'm very happy with getting rid of these errors!
  2. Login with multiple network users onto one Mac. The AFP protocol doesn't support user switching of network users, NFS does which helps us out allot for certain computers where multiple people work behind.
  3. The default archive utility now works.
    • This used to give errors when using it with your AFP home directory, this basically meant that it was unusable. We were forced to use Stuffit Expander in order to make file extraction possible.
    • Now we can use both without any errors.
  4. And as a last big thing which was fixed for us, the main reason why we now use NFS, is the overall performance.

Let me explain the last point because that's something that won't count for everyone. (and give a small impression of our setup)

     
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