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Connect OS-X to Windows 2003

By tonydee ·
I have a client who is using a Mac OS-X
(10.3.?) in a Windows environment. Since they
upgraded from Server 2002 to 2003, he can't
get on the server with his Mac.

He logs in and can see volumes and folders,
but no files. He can't copy files from his local
Mac to the server. Since he sees the volumes
and folders, I assume the protocol is correct.

Using his log in credentials on a Windows
machine - all is good - he sees everything and
copy files to/from local machine just fine. So
the permissions are right.

Don't know what's going on here. Don't know
what changed in server 2003? Maybe the folks
who upgraded the server changed

- Tony D

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by BFilmFan In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Make sure the server is running Microsoft Services for Macintosh and that it isn't set to digitally sign communications.

A good link for mac and Windows 2003 interoperability issues is:

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by dqbiggerfam2 In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Some other soultions you could look into are 2 products from Thursby:

DAVE lets a Mac access shared files and printers on a Windows netowrk, and runs on macs running OS 9 and 10.2.x and 10.3.x:

ADmitMac is an Active Directory client that runs on Macs running OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x:

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by w.hove2 In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Windows 2003 have no service for Mac, on the mac Connect to the server SMB:\\
That you can login as Samba user and choose your share.

Mac OSX 10.3 supports AFP SMB FTP NFS

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by TomG_UK In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Hiya, apparently permissions for services for mac shares are read only by default. You'd have to change the permissions to read / write via the security tab on the folder to be shared.

- Teresa

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by gduquette In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Mount the drive via Appletalk : afp://

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by kou.s In reply to Connect OS-X to Windows 2 ...

Hello Tony D,

I had the same issue here. Here are the steps I used to allow my OSX to connect to my Windows 2003 shares again.

On the Windows 2003 Server:

with privilege user,
1. go to Domain Controller Security Policy>
2. tree down to "Local Policy".
3. Select "Security Options".
4. on the right pane, scroll down to "Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communication (always)".
5. double click and define it for "disable"
6. exit
7. start CMD prompt
8. run gpupdate and what till it returns prompt.

you should then be able to mount your drives again. Hope this helps.


Kou Srimoungchanh, CISSP, CEH, CHFI, CCNA
Network Engineer

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