troubleshooting Question

Access Mac file sharing from Windows: Logon failure

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I have a new Mac Mini running OS X 10.8.2 that I have configured for File Sharing so that I can access its files from a Windows 7 machine and Windows Server 2008 R2 machine.

I have completed the steps to enable File Sharing in OS X, selected two shared folders, and added two users to the file sharing Users list on OS X.  After adding the users, I retyped their passwords for SMB access.  As far as I can tell, OS X is fully configured for SMB sharing.  I can see the Mini on the network from my Windows machine.

When I go into Windows and try and access the Mac, I am immediately prompted to enter a network password.  I enter either one of the usernames and passwords, but Windows responds:

"Login failure:  unknown username or bad password"

The computer name is "mini", so I've tried "mini\username" for the user, and "\username", but adding the domain like that doesn't seem to help.

I've gone into OS X and reset the SMB passwords for the two accounts, but that didn't solve it.

I thought I had tested this successfully after I  configured the mac file sharing, but I can't get it to work now.

Thoughts or suggestions?
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