Mac Connectivity

Here a brief summary of how to connect Macs and PCs:

Starting with OSX it became possible to easily connect a Mac to a Windows network and vice versa. Following are a few steps needed to achieve that goal:

Enable access by Windows computers:

1) On the Mac, enable Window Sharing. This is done under System Preferences.

2) Change the Mac Workgroup name to match the Office workgroup name.
  • If  Your office runs an Windows Workgroup rather than a Windows Domain, you may need to change the Mac’s workgroup’s name to match the office Workgroup name. This is done with the Finder. Open the Utilities folder and double click on Directory Access. From there select the SMB/CIFS field and click the Configure button. After that provide your Windows workgroup name.
  • If your office has a Windows Domain, the Mac user has to have an account on the Windows domain. This kind account is added under Active Directory.

3) Let Windows users access a Mac:

  • Create Windows user accounts and password on the Mac. You will need to provide the user names and passwords for each user you want to access a Mac. To do this, go into System Preferences and then Accounts on the Mac. Add the user name and Passwords.

4) How to access Mac resources.

Once the Mac is configured to share resources and has accounts set up (per notes above) there are several ways to connect Windows accounts.

  • Windows users can use the Add a Network Place Wizard.
  • Windows users can open Windows Explorer (not IE) and select Tools and then Map network driver. After this provide the ip address of the Mac and the user name. As example to access a resource on the Mac computer with an IP address of, specify the following: \\\user - Note to replace the word “user” with the appropriate user’s name.
  • After this the Mac will prompt the user for a valid account user name and password. Once that is provided, the Mac’s shared resources will appear within the windows display

5) Making it possible to print to Mac based printers. This is done by the following steps.

  • Use the Mac’s Print and Fax console and then configure for windows users. This is found under Hardware, in the System Preferences application.
  • Enable sharing by clicking on the check boxes for the printers you want to share.
  • Note that you’ll need to install the print drivers on the Windows computers. What you’ve done above is set a path so that the Windows users can use mac printers

6) Pre OSX Mac computers.

  • These computers use a network protocol called AppleTalk. Using AppleTalk with Windows domains is a more complex problem. If you are using a Windows 2003 domain this is achieved more easily than if you are using a Windows 2008 domain. With Windows 2003 domains, your administrator has to enable what is called “Services for Macintosh.” In addition, specific Mac shares need to be added with a separate process than is used for Windows Shares. Windows 2008 doesn't support Services for Macintosh. Due to this your administrator will have to take additional steps including either some registry based fixes plus changes to the default Domain access Policy, and/or adding 3rd party add-ons such as ExtremeZ-IP
  • Your domain administrator may need to make some additions to your office and Mac DNS servers accommodate older Mac based needs.

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