Networking Windows with Mac OS X
This Guide provides an overview of options for connecting a Macintosh to a PC or other computer on the same network. This Guide is referencing to a "PC" is a computer using Microsoft Windows with an AMD or Intel microprocessor.
There are several ways through which we could make connection with the Windows PC.To share the data between two computers we have to keep them on the Network and can have the single connection between the two. Once this is done, we could start some type of sharing on at least one of the two computers.
The computer that is sharing is known as a server. The computer that connects to it is called a client.
To connect to the client computer we just needs an application program that can connect to the type of service being offered. Sometimes this application is built-in part of the operating system, such as the Mac OS X Finder or Windows file browser.
When we connect two computers together, we should have the clear idea about what is meant by "client" and "server." Though the idea conveyed by these terms is simple and generally consistent, there is an important variation on each: Any computer that offers a service is a "server" in that context. However, the term is also used to describe a computer or operating system that has been designed expressly for that purpose, such as Mac OS X Server. In addition to describing the computer, "client" is also used to describe the software used to connect to a particular service. A Web browser, for example, is an HTTP client.
Making a physical connection
The physical components of an Ethernet network are compatible with computers that use many different operating systems--such as Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and UNIX. We can connect all of these computers to the same physical network, which may be wired or wireless (AirPort, for example).
Making a service connection
Following are the Services that are designed for various tasks, such as transferring files, webpages, or print jobs. Common examples that you may use are:
Making a connection to Windows File sharing(SMB)
Following are the steps to connect to Windows File Sharing (SMB) from Mac OS X 10.1 or later. SMB is the native sharing protocol for Microsoft Windows operating systems, but it may be offered by other computers.
Follow these steps:
When you will be asked for, enter the details for the workgroup, user name, and password. In addition to connecting to actual Microsoft Windows computers, you may also use the Connect to Server dialog to connect to a Macintosh that is offering Windows File Sharing.
Here are some detailed steps mentioned below:
Setting up SMB for New and Existing users
Set up user accounts
To connect to the windows sharing user must have an account on the Mac OS X computer that is sharing. In this kind of user account Guest will not have any access. Any person who already has an account on the Mac OS X computer can use his existing account. You must log in to the Mac OS X computer with an administrator account to set this up. The steps for new and existing users differs and those are mentioned below:
For new users
For existing users
Note: The following steps are required for Mac OS X 10.2, but OS X 10.3 users or later may not need any of them. If an existing Mac OS X 10.3 or later account can't log in from Windows, just perform steps 1, 2, 3, and 9.
Mac OS X: Sharing files with non-Apple computers
Mac OS X provides many ways for you to share files with non-Apple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows.
Mac OS X offers various forms of file service so that other operating systems can connect to your computer with built-in tools or common application programs (such as FTP and Web browsers). Forms of file service include:
To share with other computers, we just simply have to turn on the services we wanted to use in Sharing preferences, then use the matching client software to connect to your Mac from the other computer.
When you enable Windows file sharing on Mac OS X 10.2 or later, a Windows computer can connect directly to your Mac.
If you enable FTP or Web Sharing, the other computer could connect with a common Web browser or FTP application.
You can enable Secure Shell (SSH) by selecting "Allow remote login" in the Sharing pane. SSH is a more advanced method frequently executed through the command line, though some graphical SSH clients exist.
For Connecting to a non-Apple computer
Using Mac OS X's Connect to Server command, you can connect to several common types of file services, including Windows (SMB).
You can connect to an FTP host using many common Web browsers. Try beginning your URL (Web address) with "ftp://" (instead of with "http://").
Re: Networking Windows with Mac OS X
This is very nice article you have made BlackNGold this really help some new users who wanted to know about the Networking between the MAC OS X and windows, I also just now gone through this and find it very step wise.
Thanks once again...
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