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Excel 2011 on Mac can't open files on windows file server

Posted on 2013-01-16
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Hi Experts,

One of my users has a new error that just started appearing. He's on a new Macbook Pro with Office 2011 installed. One of our file servers is a Windows Server 2003 server. Just yesterday his Mac was able to open, view, and edit excel docs that were saved on that server. Now, when trying to open the Excel doc from his Mac he gets an error saying the file is not found. It's clearly there but the Mac won't open it in Excel. Our PCs open the files just fine in Excel 2010.

What could have changed?

Thanks!
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Can he copy the file to his Mac and then open it? Can he create and save an Excel file to the share? If so, can he then open it from the Mac?

I suspect it's a permissions issue on the server, but your answers to the above will help narrow it down.
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Yes, he can copy it to his computer and open it just fine. He's able to create and save an excel file to the share. He's also able to then open the file.

I'm thinking now it has to do with ODBC as the file he's having trouble opening relies on data from that connection. I'm going to adjust the ODBC connection settings on his Mac and see if that helps but if you have other ideas please don't hesitate to share them.
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Just learned that his "new" Mac had been restored through Time Machine before it ever got to me using a backup that was created in Snow Leopard. This backup was applied to a Mountain Lion machine and therefore there were all kinds of issues due to the differences in the two versions of the OS.

Thanks for the assistance. Turned out it was a major permissions error that was not just localized to Excel as many more issues showed up very quickly afterwards.
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