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Leopard 10.6 Finder won't show windows shares

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Setup: Win7/64 and an XPSP3 and a MacBook Pro and a Synology NAS and an HP@055DN networked printer on a WTN160 Cisco Router. The PCs and the NAS and the printer are ethernet. Mac is wireless. I've tried everything: all parameters set to sharing on all machines; browser services set to auto on the two PCs; firewalls off on all machines including MAC. WIN machines will show all shares in Network Neighborhood. Mac Finder will only show Synology NAS, which it lists as a "Mac Server." I can certainly mount the share with the "Go" dialog, but shouldn't they show up in Finder automatically. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't, but only when the XP machine is on, which, obviously, always get elected the Master Browser. I tried disabling its browser service and enabling the service on the WIN 7 to auto, then nothing ever show up in Finder except the NAS. I changed the settings back, but now even the XP can not seem to get elected. Tried the Mac both wireless and ethernet. Same result. Only thing in Finder "Shared" is the NAS, listed as a Mac Server. (I can designate the NAS as the Master Browser and all shares will show, but then the two NAS disks will not hibernate, which you want so you can cut down on wear and tear. There are a couple of registry hacks I could try, but everything is on the same "workgroup," its name, and show show up automatically in Finder.
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Typically the Mac does not "remember" old shares like Windows does. There is no way I know of to remember the mapping at login.  What I have done is write an AppleScript to mount the shares I want and then execute that at login.  I'll attach an example.

Also, if you haven't done it, Mac's work better in a mixed environment if you have your domain name or work group name specified in the Network system preferences under the Network connection you are using - Advanced - DNS as a search domain.
tell application "Finder"
	delay 0.3
	try
		mount volume "smb://Servername1/applications"
		mount volume "smb://servername2/lis"
		mount volume "smb://servername3/public"
		
	end try
	
	delay 0.3
	
end tell

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Thanks, JH. I think you can also set log-in through accounts, but this gives me an excuse to learn the basics of Applescript and how to get them to initiate at logon.
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