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Networking Windows with Mac OS X

Using Mac OS X 10.2 for Windows file sharing By DMN Staff Writer
It's inevitable that many of you out there will, at some point, need to network your Mac with a Windows machine. Of course, there have been ways to do this before, either through expensive network servers or through Thursby Software's Dave. But with the release of Mac OS X 10.2, the capability is built right into the Macintosh operating system. Here's how you do it.

The client
The simplest way to network a Mac with a Windows system is to use the Mac as a client on a Windows network. It's the simplest way because it happens just automatically once you turn on file sharing on the Windows machine. I'll use Windows XP Professional as an example. The process varies a bit with Windows XP Home edition and with other Windows operating systems, but it should still be fairly easy.

On the Windows system, open up My Computer and right click on the drive you wish to share, most likely the C drive. Select the Sharing and Security option.

Then click on the check box that turns on sharing for that drive. (Don't forget to hit the Apply button.)

Now, on the Mac, click on the Desktop to activate the Finder. Select the Go menu, and choose Connect to Server.

The Windows system will appear automatically in the list of available servers on the network. Enter in your account information, and the Windows volume will appear on your Desktop just like any network volume.

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