I have the same question and add a little more complexity, Microsoft DFS server to manage all CIFS share. Mac user will access to MS DFS to access NetApp CIFS share and will authenticate though MS Active directory. It sound make sense as there will be only one server to manage all share. Problem is when Mac's Finder browse the SMB directory, it took about 10 second to show the screen, had google around, and some solution is provided, going to test them later 🙂
I'm here to look for best practices, anyone can help?