Best way to Map Windows network folder on Mac. Leopard and Snow Leopard

Posted on 2011-02-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I have a client that has quite a few Mac's on a Windows domain network.  the machines are a mixture of OSX Leopard and Snow Leopard.  I am trying to enable the Mac users to be able to save files easily to a Windows shared folder on a server that is backed up regularly to prevent them from loosing data.  I would like to map the network share on their machine to have them have the share available without drilling down through the network to find the shared folder.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  
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You should be able to mount any windows share in OSX.

The easiest way, in the Finder go to the to "Go" menu and Choose connect to server.  In the field you should put smb://<ip or dns name>.  If you get that right you should get a prompt.

If you want to me even more sneaky then you can do something like this:  smb:// and that will mount the share.  If you want to have the username filled in then you can do smb://user@

Now if you want to just give them an icon you can highlight the content of the "server address" field that works for you, and drag the highlighted text to the desktop.  It'll make a file with an @ symbol for an icon.  This can be renamed and placed anywhere.  It'll embed all the info into that file.  I don't recommend this but for the extra special user in your life you can even include the password.  smb://user:password@  But note if you have certain characters in your password or login then you'll have to forgo the extras.

You don't need Service for Mac if this is a server OS.  I highly recommend against it.  It hasn't been updated really since NT4 and has stupid limitations like 32 character file names and other nonsense.

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Okay Rob I will try this tomorrow when I travel to the client site.  Thanks. and will post back if it works or I need more info.

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Rob, the server is Win2003.  How do I make sure the Service for Mac is not enabled?  I may have enabled it a long time ago when the server was first configured a couple of years ago.
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You can look at the service list on the server side and it'll have a service listed as Service for Macintosh.  Also if you can create a share that allows "Apple" clients then it's on as well.

Or if you connect to the server afp://<put ip here> and you get a prompt, it's probably on.

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Heath,  The user I needed to apply this to was busy at their machine today and could not allow me to make any changes.  I'll try again tomorrow.  

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Thanks, seems to be working fine.

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