How to share a Mac OS Server folder with a Windows XP Machine

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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?
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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Commented:
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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