"You cannot copy the item "xxx" because the name is too long or includes characters that the disk cannot display"

I keep getting this error messsage when I try to copy files from Mac to SBS 2003 server

"You cannot copy the item "xxx" because the name is too long or includes characters that the disk cannot display"

please help
fstincAsked:
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us-pataCommented:
Can you show us the filename?
In Mac OS you can use special characters that Windows does not understand.

Try renaming your file ONLY USING regular characters like alphanumerical (abcdefg.......), numerical (1234567890), period (.), comma (,), dash(-), spaces ( ) and so on and then try to transfer it.

If you have a long computername on you Mac that also might be it.
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fstincAuthor Commented:
The problem is the actual file name leght - If i remove 2-4 characters the files goes thru
strungCommented:
That's odd, because Windows supports longer flie names than the Mac. Could you provide us with examples?
strungCommented:
I wonder if the problem is that the Mac file names have a trailing space which is not permitted by Windows? This would not be obvious, but when you delete the last two or three characters, you would be deleting the trailing spaces.
fstincAuthor Commented:
I agree and some of the files do seem to have more than one space between words -  if that's the case is there an automatic fix? I have 1000's of files.
fstincAuthor Commented:
I'll get some files names asap
strungCommented:
I don't think there is a problem with spaces WITHIN the names. The problem only arises if there is a space at the END of the name.

See:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Apple/Programming/Q_26104468.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+file+name+space+trail

The automatic fix is MacNames or one of the other utiities in the earlier links I posted.
fstincAuthor Commented:
i do know that the file extension is .indt
strungCommented:
Can you tell us exactly what the file name was that didn't work and what you had to rename it to in order to make it work. Several examples would be helpful. Otherwise we are working in the dark.
fstincAuthor Commented:
10 up BC  print TEMPLATE copy 1.indt

removed "copy 1" and it went thru
strungCommented:
Sounds like something is restricting your file name length to 31 characters.
strungCommented:
Are you copying using AFP or SMB?
fstincAuthor Commented:
I goto network > servers > and then I enter username password (admin on domain controller).  via AUM.
strungCommented:
By the way are you doing a finder copy from the Mac harddrive to the Windows server -- not trying to save from an application?
strungCommented:
This might be your problem:  http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/2007/06/accessing-windows-file-shares-from-a-mac.htm

Make sure your server is using AFP 3.x, not 2.2.
fstincAuthor Commented:
where can I check which AFP I have? Where can I download it?
fstincAuthor Commented:
others:

4-page booklet TEMPLATE copy.indd

doorhanger jumbo TEMPLATE copy.indt

ist2_10353378-seamless-floral-pattern.jpg

400 Acre Master Planned Resort Development.doc
strungCommented:
It will be on your Server 2003
strungCommented:
See if you have the same problem if you connect via SMB. Pull down the Mac GO menu to Connect to Server and type in

SMB:\\servername\share
strungCommented:
http://forum.soft32.com/mac/Windows-Server-2003-Mac-clients-ftopict105926.html

From the above links the problem is that Server 2003 uses and out of date version of services for Mac. The links suggest alternaties and workarounds.

Try connecting using SMB first as per my link above as that is a free solution.

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