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Connecting to a windows file share using mac

I have a windows server 2008 file server that currently has a network share that all other windows computers can use. I need to give differnet macs the ability to also connect to that share. However when trying to connect to the share using smb, it cannot see the proper share folders. I was able to get it to a login request and used a regular domain account to login. After the login was complete the Mac said that it couldn't mount the share. Going to the same address on a Windows XP workstation I was able to get to the share just fine. Is this a domain issue, or a permissions issue on the share?
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
this is typically an encryption issue on the server side...in 2003 server there was a group policy change that needed to be made from Enabled to Disabled:

Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always) Security Setting: disabled

I've also seen in places that 10.4 is not compatible but 10.5 is. 10.5 supports the digital encryption that 10.4 doesn't.
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skywise00Author Commented:
Is that feature available for erver 2008 also?
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
I'm not 100% on this since I don't have access to a 2008 server at the moment but here is the path it should be under, I'm confident you'll find it:

on the server, go to Administrator tools > Domain Controller Security Policy > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > and set Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always) Security Setting: enabled to disabled

It's on the Vista box here so I assume it's on the server as well.
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skywise00Author Commented:
That particular feature isn't listed on the Administrator tools menu. I'm going to see if it's something I can pull up using mmc.
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
It will also appear in the group policy manager.
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skywise00Author Commented:
I found the setting under group management. After setting it to "disabled" and then forcing the GP to update the Mac computers are still not able to see the share folders. I was able to see the DOLAgent, but I'm pretty sure that's not something they are supposed to be messing with. Let me give you a beter idea of the lay out here. We have two domain controlers for redundancy. A file share server that handles the company wide network storage, and a few Macs that all run OS X 10.5.
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Looks like you may have to set both of these to disabled and not just the one:

Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always) set to disabled
Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always) set to disabled
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skywise00Author Commented:
That worked. Once both options were set to disabled then the Macs could see the share. Thanks!
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