Thursby DAVE

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DAVE is a commercial grade Microsoft Windows file and print sharing SMB/CIFS software for Apple Macs from Thursby Software Systems.

DAVE was first introduced in 1996. Microsoft DFS support was added in 2002.

Thursby co-wrote the Mac SMB/CIFS standards with Microsoft in 2002.[1]

Although it is true that Mac OS X does have Samba support, the built-in support has limitations that DAVE attempts to overcome, offering better compatibility & performance for enterprise environments and specifically in networked use of Mac apps such as Final Cut Pro, Creative Suite, Avid and Office.[2]

The ADmitMac and ADmitMac PKI products build on DAVE, adding enhanced support for Microsoft Active Directory and US government Public-key infrastructure systems.[3]


  1. ^ [1] SNIA Technical Reference
  2. ^ [2] Thursby DAVE Demo
  3. ^ [3] Thursby DAVE Fast Facts