Mac connecting to Windows Server 2008 environment


We have just rolled out a new Windows 2008 network environment. We want to connect a Mac to this environment but we are having problems.

1) We have just made standard shares within 2008, is there something we have to do to share them to work well with Mac.

2) IS there something we need to do on the Mac to make then more easily read?

3) IS is possible to permantely mount particular shares (e.g. as if the mac user is mounting a particular user accounts folders - e.g. as if they are login into their domain account?

The actual problem we are having on the map is that it just permanently says connection to smb:// IP Address / hostname (tried both).

But we did have it connected once I believe but when exploring it seemed to drop.

Any input greatly appreciated. Meant to be going live in the morning.
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Which version of the OS X is the Mac using, I've seen in this forum posts that indicate that there are difficulty in integrating OS X lion with 2008 AD.

You may have to adjust the advanced firewall rules on the 2008 to allow for the older style of  share,

Inbound traffic.  I do not have the options at my finger tips.

Another consideration is to add unix support to the windows 2008 and have the OS X access the share as an NFS versus as a CIFS/SMB share.
Different protocol same result. You will have access to the files.

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afflik1923Author Commented:
Hmm, on this Mac when I click on about Mac nothing seems to happen. Maybe needs a restart. other thigns work, e.g. I can get systems prefs. But I'm login in remotely and restart will loose my connection. I think the macboo is about 2 years old

Thanks for links so far.
afflik1923Author Commented:
Also note in the artice you post from Apple it says:

"As an alternative, you can bind the clients to Active Directory."

This sounds interesting. Do you or can you point me in the direction to get more on this subject?

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A quick search once you determine which version of the OS X you have will provide an assortment of options.
afflik1923Author Commented:
Looks like some Great postings. Many thanks
I found the best and 100% successful way to implement macs in windows envir. is to install a third party app:

admitmac is installed on the mac itself
extremezIP is installed on a server
afflik1923Author Commented:
OK thanks I will investigate these aspects.
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