Accessing Windows shares from iMac

I've been all around the net on the one, with no luck.

I have a PC in my house with Windows XP on it.  I'm wanting to use it as a basic file server, so I put two 300GB drives in and set them on RAID mirroring.  I partitioned them in half and set up a share on each partitioned drive (one for me, one for my girlfriend).  I want to password protect them using NTFS permissions, but we aren't there yet...

From my iMac (or her MacBook), we can see the PC as a Shared resource.  Double clicking the PC brings up a window showing the two shares (J and Z), and at the top it says "Connected as: Guest." If I try to open either share I'm prompted for a username and password.  I put in my PC's administrator credentials... and I return to the window showing the two shares, and it says Connected as Guest.

There's no chance I'm typing the wrong thing, I've verified and re-verified.

I've set my iMac workgroup (after duplicating the Automatic location under Network -> System Preferences).  Please help!
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johnb6767Commented:
start>run>secpol.msc>Local Policies>Security options>Network Access:Sharing and security model... Whats it set to on the XP Machine?
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cycle303Commented:
Microsoft has software called UAM for Macs to access windows machines.  This depends on your mac os version.  Here is a page with links.
http://www.edb.utexas.edu/help/tutorials/downloads/index.htm
Also, you could enable the guest account on the windows pc, or create another username without any spaces and a password with less than 8 characters on the windows pc and log in with those credentials on the mac.  
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cycle303Commented:
BTW.
NTFS permissions will not work without UAM.
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
johnb6767: I'm not at the PC now but I will be in a few hours.

cycle303: I'm running 10.5.1, so according to that link I should already have a version of UAM built in.  The administrator account on the windows PC is also already a username with no spaces and a password less than 8 characters.  Entering those just causes it to loop back to the shares folder and show as Connected As Guest.

I also don't want to use the Windows Guest account as the idea is to password protect these shares from visitors.
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cycle303Commented:
You actually need to create another account other than administrator.  I will try to find info on UAM with 10.5.1
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
johnb6767: Classic - local users authenticate as themselves
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
OK .. In 10.5 Leopard when you see the PC icon in the Shared section in the Finder window .. and it says Connected as: Guest ..  click the DISCONNECT Button
Then click the Connect as: BUTTON
Enter the username and password of the Windows User with rights to view the share, check the box to remember the password.
Now you should be able to browse the network shares.

IF this does not work .. In the Finder .. in the menu bar .. select GO .. then Connect to Server
In the window that appears .. enter smb://IP_ADDRESS ... where IP_ADDRESS is the Ip of the Windows PC .. it should pop up a window prompt for username and password (again check the box to remember the password)
Now the Windows Shares available on that PC should be visible. Double click to connect.  They will be mounted and visible in the Finder

BTW .. there are a few bugs and issues with Windows Sharing in the new Leopard 10.5 and 10.5.1 .. it is likely that the forthcoming release 10.5.2 update for OSX will fix some or all of these issues.  So it might be worth holding out for a week or so and it may work more smoothly for you.
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
Eoinosullivan:

I tried both your suggestions, but neither ever worked.  The first resulted in the same problem: the next time the window reloaded, I was connected as Guest again.

The 2nd one gave an error about mounting... Error 6602 I believe.

I know it's kind of buggy... I wouldn't be spending so much time on this but my girlfriend wants more storage space than her laptop provides and it's easier to fuss with Apple/Windows networking than her ;).  Hopefully 10.5.2 will drop soon, but in the meantime I'd love other suggestions.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
The smb://IP_ADDRESS type solution in the Connect to Server window SHOULD work ..

Can you try .. smb://username@IP_ADDRESS  where username is the Windows User account and IP_Address the unique IP of the Windows PC
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
Does it matter if I use IP address VS computer name?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
IP address is better as name resolution is not 100% reliable when there is no DNS .. stick to the IP address.  If that works properly then you could try with the computer name.
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
Well, I have new error now!

I just installed 10.5.2.  I can connect to the PC now, and when I try to open the share I get:

"The operation cannot be completed because the original item for "<share-name>" cannot be found.

*headdesk* any ideas?
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zkeownAuthor Commented:
I give up, I'm going to just share an external drive from my iMac.  Thanks everyone.
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