In the integrated world of information technology, personal computers running Microsoft Windows have to be connected to PCs running Mac OS X, even if it is a Macintosh network. Apple's Mac OS X operating system simplifies the process of connecting Windows systems -- including Vista -- to Macintosh PCs. Erik Eckel show you how to do it yourself.
The Apple's System Preferences menu is essentially the Mac's equivalent to Windows' Control Panel.
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Figure B: Sharing
Ensure the checkboxes are selected for Windows Sharing and Personal File Sharing and that both services are turned on.
Figure C: Accounts
The Accounts page lists valid users of the Macintosh system.
Figure D: Create a new account
Provide the necessary information and click the Create Account button.
Figure E: Directory Access
The SMB/CIFS entry is used to configure Samba file sharing on the Macintosh.
Figure F: Workgroup name
Enter the workgroup name; if there's an active WINS server, you can enter its IP address within the WINS Server box.
Figure G: Mac system in Windows Vista
Apple systems appear alongside Windows machines in Windows Vista's Network console.
Figure H: Connect from Windows Vista
On the Windows Vista system, enter the user name and password for an account on the Macintosh system that possesses permission to access the resources in question.
Figure I: Mac resources in Windows Vista
Double-clicking the shares that appear within the Network console reveals the resources resident on the Mac.
Figure J: Local Security Policy console
Use Windows Vista's Local Security Policy console to adjust LAN Manager authentication levels.
Figure K: Map in Windows Vista
You can also map Apple shares just as you can Windows network drives. Navigate to the appropriate folder and right-click it within Windows Vista's Network console to reveal the Map Network Drive option.
Figure L: Map in Windows Vista
When mapping Macintosh drives within Windows Vista, you must specify a drive letter (just as with Windows XP in the past).
Figure M: IP address
The Apple's Network menu displays the system's TCP/IP addressing information. This is the equivalent menu you see when right-clicking a LAN connection with Control Panel's Network Connections applet, highlighting Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and selecting Properties.
Figure N: Ifconfig
You can also use the ifconfig command to discover a Mac system's IP address.