OS X File sharing

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have an office that has Mac Users and Windows 7 users. They are wanting a file sharing soltuion that allows for online and offline access of files on both platforms. They also want to be able to email a file path to any given employee and have it work, whether it is a Windows or Mac.

I have them on Jungle Disk now, and it is working well with the online and offline bit. I am unaware of how to share a file via path in OS X. I am even less aware of how to add a PC to the mix.

Question by:rtlaw
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    The latter is a tough one because the OS X and Win path naming conventions are different. I believe this question was asked before without a resolution. You might try searching Experts Exchange.

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    My searching has not yielded much. I am sure I am just getting the wording wrong.
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    Since Windows and OS X use completely different file management systems (Windows vs Unix), you won't be able to use the same path on both OSs (at least to my knowledge). In Windows you would use something like C:\documents\something.doc for a local file or \\fileserver\docs\something.doc for a network path. In OS X, you would use unix-style paths such as ~/Documents/something.doc for a local path. To access a network path, you can either browse to the path in Finder (find the server, then the share, then go down to the path you want) or you can use the Connect to Server box to mount a remote volume (similar to mapping a network drive in Windows) and provide a path in the format of smb://fileserver/docs/ then it will show up on the desktop and in Finder and you can browse to it and open the file you want.

    As far as the sharing, it looks like Jungle Disk is similar to Dropbox allowing files to be shared and synced to an online server. I use the free Dropbox for my personal files, but they also offer a business version and Dropbox is cross-platform so you can use it on Windows or Mac so you may want to look into that. I'm sure there are other options out there, but Dropbox is the only one I've used.

    Hope this helps.
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    by:Sigurdur Armannsson
    I am no expert in this field, but I run a Mac Os X 10.4 (Tiger) server and am updating to Lion.

    Mac users use it mostly but there is no problem for Windows users to read and write files as long as they have the right application to do so.
    Office programs are very compatible and it does not matter if Adobe Suite is on a mac or a pc.

    Access is controlled on the server and in Lion it's easier than ever.

    Local paths I send to the pc folks are like: \\\skanner\files and I don'd have to tell the mac folks. On top of that we have Rumpus FTP server for clients with has a web interface that anyone can use.

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    There is no good way to do what I want to do.
    Abandoning the topic for now.

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    No good way to do what I want to do.

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