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Mounting Windows fileshares under OSX

02/12/08 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh

Link: http://lifehacker.com/software/mac-os-x/how-to-mount-a-windows-shared-folder-on-your-mac-247148.php

I suspect this is old hat to most but the link is to a how-to on mounting remote Windows file systems under OSX.

Leopard (Tiger too) does a decent job of allowing you to locate via the Finder machines on local subnets and workgroups. However it never displays other machines that may be accessible. Under XP or Vista one always had access to the Network Neighbourhood which would display a wider range of options or the "Start" menu where the UNC path could be entered. Under OSX it's a little less obvious.

But it's not hard. The short version is:

  1. Go to the Finder menu
  2. Select the "Connect to server"
  3. Type in "smb://" where that IP is replaced by whatever the machine is called. You can also include a path or an administrative share (like "C$") at the end of that string to go directly to the location.
  4. Authenticate yourself.

To be fair to Apple, the process is documented in their online help but it's a bit obscure. You need to first know the terms you're looking for and then you need to understand what they say. It's not point-and-click easy here. For what it's worth, the other connection strings available are AFP (AppleTalk networking), SMB/CIFS (Samba/Windows file share/Printer sharing), NFS (UNIX network filesharing), FTP and VNC.


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