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"Windows Sharing" check box is not visible in the MAC system preferences.  How do I make it visible?

Posted on 2008-06-17
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What do I need to do to have this checkbox become visible.   We wish to have the MAC connect to a windows network to have access to files from the windows 2003 server.
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You shouldn't need to turn on anything on the Mac to mount a Windows share on a Mac.  To open a Windows share open Finder, and use the Go to menu item at the top and select Connect to Server. In the box that pops up enter SMB://servername/sharename.  You will probably be prompted to enter user name and password.  If you have bound the Mac to AD and are logged on as a domain user with rights to the share you probably will just connect.  Otherwise enter in a user name and password of a user who has rights to the share.  If you're on a domain you will probably have to enter domain_name/username for the user name.
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Another EE member, eionosullivan shared with me today that AFP might be a better solution than SMB and server 2003 does support it. I am pasting in his bit of information on this matter.  

Windows 2003 offers Apple Filesharing Protocol (AFP) support which makes specified shared folders more OSX-friendly.  There are advantages and disadvantages of using the AFP tools in Windows 2003 server but it may explain why your users had damaged files.  IF you DON'T use the AFP tools then OSX will use the SMB protocol to connect to Windows shares.  This in turn can have issues with file extensions and resource data being lost.  This particularly affects fonts and certain other filetypes.
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To comment on one of your original points...the Windows sharing box is used as a step in setting up the mac to share files with a Windows PC.  If you can't change it the lock at the bottom of the window is probably locked and you need to unlock it to make changes. Once you click on it you will be prompted to enter in the user name and password of someone with admin rights on the Mac. My guess is that once you do that you will be able to make changes..
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