Accessing a Windows server 2003 R2 from a brand-new Mac
Posted on 2014-08-06
I have a client who has a Windows network in therer small home office.
- One Windows server 2003 R2
- three Dell PCs running Windows 7 professional
One of the users works for a company that use iPhones iPads and Macs
- This person will have a brand-new Mac. I really don't know what version of the operating system it runs for I am not a true Mac User. But more importantly, I need to know what I need to allow this person to access files on the Windows server from their home network. I know older Macs can connect to a Windows 2003 server by installing the Macintosh protocol that comes with the Windows server. What I don't know is if the newer Macs can still talk to this Macintosh protocol that comes with the Windows server 2003.
I know there are third-party products such as "extreme IP" that many printing companies use to access files on a Windows server 2008 or 2003 from all versions of Macs.
I need to know if I need to upgrade this Windows server to a newer version such as Windows server 2008 R2 (which the client already owns the software and license) or if I can continue to use a Windows server 2003 R2.
I'm not concerned about the iPads communicating with Windows server 2003. I'm only concerned that the user's new Mac can connect to the Windows server.
Any help with this will be appreciated