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#1 Michael Pietroforte

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 03:56 PM

In this article you will learn how to use the Mac OS X Connect to Server option to establish client connections to Windows-based SMB shared file system resources.

Here’s the scenario: you are called in as a consultant to a school that employs a mixed Windows/Mac OS X environment. At one point during your work you realize that you need to transfer some administrative files to the Mac from a shared folder named DOCS on a Windows Server 2008 R2 file server named SERVER01. However, you have limited experience working in Mac OS X. What action do you take next?

By the conclusion of this article you will fully understand how to access Windows file shares from Mac OS X. Let’s get to it!

Preliminary terminology
As you know, the de facto file and printer sharing protocol in Windows is called Server Message Block, or SMB. In turn, SMB is also known in vendor-neutral circles as the Common Internet File System, or CIFS.

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