Samba–like the walking dead.

The Microsoft SMB1 file protocol is old, has vulnerabilities and deserves to die.

So we tried to remove it from our Windows 7 desktop fleet.  Like any good removal, we piloted it, and we found it broke connections to Samba file servers.

Will no one rid me of this turbulent piece of software?

So I left the Windows 7 desktop fleet alone.  We were getting ready to deploy Windows 10, and I thought “Here’s an opportunity for a clean slate”.

We started deploying Windows 10, and the calls started to roll in.

“Our network drives no longer work.”

This time, we were better prepared.  Instead of 100% of the desktop users getting the SMB1 protocol turned back on, we have only enabled it for the 5% of desktop users who actually need it.