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I have a cluster of 5 mac os server machines with 4 500gb sata drives in RAID 5 configuration. I need to be able to share a folder on that RAID drive with a windows xp machine on the same network. Both systems belong to a domain that is managed by Windows Server 2003.

From what I've read, on the mac I "SHOULD" be able to go to:

System Preferences -> Internet & Network -> Sharing

and there should be a "Windows Sharing" service listed.  Well there isn't.

Any suggestions?
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And there won't be.

Do not use the System Preferences to try to configure services on OS X Server. Not any more than you would try to do this via the Control Panels on Windows Server. That's not using the server part of the OS at all ;)

You should start by reading the vendor's documentation, that's always a good place to start:
http://www.apple.com/server/documentation/

Specifically in this case:
http://images.apple.com/server/pdfs/File_Services_v10.4.pdf
page 36

You should be using the Mac OS X Server tool: Workgroup Manager , to configure your sharepoints.
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Ok, I've got a better handle on things now, but after reading most of that pdf you linked to, I've got a few more questions....

Before I get into those questions, I'll explain what I've done so far. I have created a new SMB/CIFS sharepoint using Workgroup Manager. I've added a new user with read/write permissions under the access tab of the sharepoint in Workgroup Manager. For some reason all of the options under the Network Mount tab are greyed out. I tried mounting the drive in Windows Explorer using the ip address and sharepoint name. It didn't work.

1) After creating a SMB/CIFS share, how do I access that share from a windows machine?

2) Do I need the new user account on the OS X Server for the windows machine to be able to access this sharepoint?
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You should be able to browse to the server if you've configured the settings in Server Admin correctly.

Otherwise, open a new window, eg: My Network Places > Open
Be sure to configure your window options so that you can see the address bar.
Type in:
\\ip.add.ress
of your server.
or
\\fqdn.of.yoursever

That's one quick way of doing it.
This does work, done it ad infinitum. Glad the documentation is helpful.
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It turns out the Apple cluster isn't on the same domain as the other computers. By putting it on the same domain, it loses some functionality so I guess it stays the way it is. But the information you provided was dead on. Thanks for all your help.
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