Two OSX Macminis <---> Permissions for all user files

Posted on 2014-08-21
Last Modified: 2014-08-24
Two OSX Macminis <---> Permissions for all user files

How do I (easily, I hope) allow for 2 Macminis [OSX Mavericks] on same local Ethernet network to have read/write permission for all each others [non-system] files? These Macminis are on same work desk, but Apps are different and not licensed for both Macminis. There are multiple drives and folders.

For example, Macmini-B has Parallels VM Word/Publisher documents which need images from Macmini-A Lightroom folders.

Macmini-B has two displays and would be great to have folders from each A & B available to drag folders/files back and forth. I have been using dropbox, but this is cumbersome.
Question by:MARSPATH
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    by:Alan Henderson
    Have you set up Sharing in Preferences?

    In each machine:

    1. Open System Preferences.
    2. Open Sharing.
    3. Check File Sharing.
    4. It may be necessary to: Click on Options. Uncheck Share using SMB. A lot of Mavericks users are finding this causes problems.

    It may be necessary to reboot the machines.
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    by:Alan Henderson
    This thread contains useful info on Mavericks sharing problems:
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    Assisted Solution

    Another thing to try is to enable one system as your file server and always put your files there.  It will be simpler than sharing on both and losing track of which file was copied.

    If you have some spare change, you may want to invest in an inexpensive RAIDed NAS for file sharing.  You'll have more storage space and a bit more redundancy as well as simplify your workflow somewhat.  All your files would go to one place and you'd work on the mounted drive.  It's usually a bit simpler than enabling sharing and configuration between 2 systems and copying things back and forth and keeping track of the files.

    Author Comment

    Note that Macmini A [Baryon] is not listed with Macmini A Go...Network. Also, Get Info for any device returns infinite 'More Info: Fetching...'.

    Both Macminis connect to Windows PCs Win 7 [Ethernet desktop].

    I have a 1 TB My Book Live model WDBACG0010HCH from Western Digital on the local Ethernet which could be made available. Can this be used as NAS server with this Macmini A/B configuration for file sharing?

    Getting the Macminis to talk to each other is still  important. I tried the above, i.e. disable SMB, no help. Connect as... does not work. Macmini B [TopQuark] cannot even see itself!

    All this is most vexing. I had been led to believe that connecting Macs was easier, yet connecting to Windows works!
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    Accepted Solution

    The WD "My Book Live" device as a shared NAS makes more sense than Dropbox, that's for sure, with the added benefit that the files would be accessible from your PC, too.
    Aside than that, I agree with MARSPATH, that choosing one Mac mini (probably A, Baryon) to have a shared folder that it stores lightroom photos on locally but also accessible by TopQuark, and not try to do mutual file sharing, is a better plan.

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    Enough to keep me going - thanks to all

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