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How do I get a PC to comunicate with a Mac

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So on the network at my job all of the Macs can see all of the computers on the network but the PCs cannot see the Macs. Is there a way to rectify this problem. Its not to much of a nuisance but it would be a convience.
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If you have MacOS9 you're best to add Thursby Dave which adds netbios, so your mac becomes part of the windows network.

If you have Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) or higher, you can simply use the built in SMB/CIFS Server (Samba version 2.2.3a). You can use your Network Neighborhood to view the shared folders on your Mac. To do that, you need to turn on the Windows File Sharing on your Mac and check the Allow users to log in from Windows option. If the account you are setting is yourself, you need to type your password into the Current Password field before you can change the checkbox.

SMB stands for Server Message Block. It's a lightweight protocol designed to allow the sharing of files and printers in a small network. SMB has since been renamed to CIFS, or Common Internet File System. Mac OS X 10.1 contains only the SMB client, and thus you can only use SMB to browse for files on the PC, and not vice versa. Mac OS X 10.2 contains both the SMB client and server, and hence PC users can browse for files on a Macintosh. For more information on SMB and Mac OS X, please see the Mac OS X and SMB HOWTO: http://www.opensource.apple.com/projects/documentation/howto/html/osxsmb.html

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Thankyou I will try that tomarrow
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