Mac Mini Server Lion and Shared Folders with PC Permissions

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-21
we have recently purchased a new Mac Mini Server with Lion last week, and I have set up users and turned on file sharing.  The first few days I could get our PC's in office to connect to the file share by entering in the IP of the Mac Server in the search bar \\XXX.XXX.X.XXX and then I could enter the username and password for that user to connect.  We came in over the weekend and now I cannot get my PC's to connect no matter what credentials I use.  Even ADMIN credentials do not work.  Now, Mac to Mac is not a problem, I have three Mac's that can see the server, but for whatever reason my PC's now do not connect.  I have tried resetting users but this is just not working for me.  I am new to Mac Servers so any help would be much appreciated.
Question by:Randy Cole
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    This is a problem that Lion has. You can easily fix it. Just follow following steps for 100%:
    1. On your macmini go to System Preferences ==> Sharing
    2. Click on "File Sharing"
    3. Here click on Options
    4. Uncheck "Share files and folders using SMB"
    5. Click done
    6. Click back on "Options"
    7. Check "Share files and folders using SMB"
    8. Click on done

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    by:Randy Cole
    That was a simply crazy fix.  Seems to be a lot like fixing a problem with a PC (way to go mac).  Thanks for the help!
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    Expert Comment

    It's simple, but it caused me a lot of effort to find the solution when I encountered it. You'll find a lot more issues with a Mac that require a simple fix. But most of the times, finding something that simple isn't easy.

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