Stop OSX writing .DS_Store and ._ files on network shares

All our fileservers are Windows. Most of the files are manipulated in OSX. This isn’t likely to change soon since, irrespective of who is accountable for most of the bytes, Windows are far and away the most populous in terms of hosts.

.DS_Store files are apple’s way of storing the finder preferences for a particular directory. They contain things like background image, sort order, window size and position, and are written when any value for the current directory deviates from that of the parent, which includes every time it is moved.
._ files are Apple’s way of storing attributes supported by HFS and HFS+ on less featureful filesystems (like NTFS and FAT).

To prevent OSX writing .DS_Store files to SMB shares, run the following:

defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

This sets a per-profile value, so must be run as each user.
Preventing ._ files is a bit more tricky, but it can be done in/for the shell with:


To prevent Samba accepting these files, enter the following into smb.conf

veto files = /.DS_Store/

And read LavaLite’s bit on it

GAL/LDAP for Entourage/OSX

We’ve a problem whereby Entourage cannot access the GAL, since it can’t find an LDAP server, with Entourage configured assuming the LDAP server is the same box as the DC for the site (which is also the Exchange box).

It isn’t.

By default, MS puts the LDAP server for a site on the same machine as the DNS server, though they’re not very clear about this.
To find out the settings for a particular site, on a Windows box hold down and click on the Outlook icon in the system tray and select Connection Status.... The dialog that appears gives you the Mail, Directory and Public Folders servers.