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In Configuring CIFS, why append '_A' to host name?

Question asked by curious_george on Apr 11, 2008
Latest reply on Apr 11, 2008 by pmonks
I have configured my Alfresco environment to use CIFS. In the file-servers-custom.xml, for the host name value, why is  "_A" appended to the local server name?  Would any harm be done in removing "_A" so that it is just "${localname}" ?

The only reason I can think of for needing "_A" to be appended is if the server is running another SMB/CIFS share - so we must add "_A" to make the host name unique. But if Alfresco will be the only SMB/CIFS share, then we shouldn't need to append "_A", correct? 

Also, even though my host name is set to "${localname}_A", I cannot access the Alfresco CIFS share in Windows Explorer by going to \\servername_A\Alfresco. I have to go to \\servername\Alfresco. If the file-server-custom.xml's host name was configured to use servername_A, then why can't I access \\servername_A\Alfresco ?

I'm using Alfresco 2.1 Community Edition on Linux, and I have the SMB/CIFS ports forwarded to non-privileged ports through iptables.

Thanks! I can't find any satisfiable explanation on the wiki or the web.