License Model Comparison for AFP and SMB in Xinet


Xinet provides a smooth transition path to SMB2 (Server Message Block) and still allows AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) connections, in addition to SMB2 connections, until the time when AFP is end-of-life by Apple. All customers with current maintenance contracts will automatically be allowed to use additional named SMB users when they upgrade to Xinet 19.

This article provides more information on the introduction of SMB user license model and how it fits with the previous AFP license model.


  • Xinet licenses are based on concurrent AppleShare (AFP) user seats. We have been using a concurrent user license model, which means that any user account can log on to a Xinet server and mount Volumes over AppleShare (AFP) as long as the total number of allowed concurrent logins is not exceeded.
    • For example, a 32-user license means that no more than 32 Mac clients (independent of user names) can be logged in at the same time.

  • For SMB we have implemented a named user license model. This means that an existing or new user account needs to be enabled to view Volumes over SMB. If your license allows you to have 50 SMB users, it means that 50 user accounts can have the new option, The setting Can access SMB Volumes can be found on the user page in the Xinet native admin interface.

  • To simplify our user packs, we have mapped the existing licenses with the maximum number of AFP users in the range of AFP users you already have, and in addition, we provide double that number of SMB users. This new mapping is shown in the chart below.




    4 - 10 users

    25 users

    50 users

    16 - 32 users

    50 users

    100 users

    50 - 100 users

    100 users

    200 users

    128 - 250 users

    250 users

    500 users

    500 - unlimited users

    unlimited users

    unlimited users

Example: A customer with 32-AFP users license upgrades to Xinet 19. The new license will allow 50 concurrent AFP sessions, and optionally 100 users can be enabled to connect via SMB2.



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