Services for Macintosh Not Supported in a Cluster Environment

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Services for Macintosh (SFM) is not supported when it is installed on a shared cluster array. In Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, this is because of architectural restraints imposed by AppleTalk. In the versions of Microsoft Windows 2000 and the versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article, SFM is not supported because SFM maintains state information in memory. Specifically, the Macintosh volume index is located in paged pool memory. Using SFM in clustered mode is not supported and may result in data loss.


You may be able to use a Macintosh if you use a third-party Server Message Block (SMB) client for Macintosh. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
161870 Maximum Files on SFM Volume Limited by Paged Pool Memory
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Article ID: 243839 - Last Review: February 21, 2014 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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