I have a windows 2008 server, running Appache tomcat, and a product called Pachyderm 21. PC's have no trouble accessing the web server, connection is very fast. MAC's on the other hand are experiencing some very long, slow delays. It may take over a minute to connect to the web server, then log in, then click on a link or two, then it speeds up very fast. If you don;t touch anything on the mac for about 2 minutes and click on a link, it's very slow again.
I have disabled IPV6
I have Disable SMB 2.0
The server is 1 GB ethernet
MAC is connecting 1 GB ethernet
I have also tested creating a shared folder and copying a large file... Although the PC copied the 540 meg file in about 30 seconds, it took the MAC about 1 1/2min. However, despite the slowness in copying a large file, the mac was quick at browsing files on the windows 2008 server.
Your post is light on details. If browsing is fast, what is it that's slow? Just the first request?
Have you looked at the network traffic to see where the bottleneck is? Is the Mac taking a long time to send the first request? Or is it the server that's taking a long time to respond? If the latter, what's the difference between the requests coming from the different platforms? And so on...
The first several request's from the MAC "APPLE" computer is very slow. Then if you keep clicking on the links within Pachyderm, it speeds up... however, if you wait a few min. and click on another link again in PAchyderm, it's very slow, until you click 3 or 4 links then it speds up again. This is through Firefox, safari is even slower. I don't really know how to look at the network traffic or what I would be looking for. I have just a basic windows 2003 Intranet server and other servers in which MAC's connect too and have not had any issues with slowness. Only with windows 2008, Appache Tomcat and this PAchyderm software.