File sharing between MBP and PC

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  1. ethos17 macrumors newbie

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    I bought my first Macbook Pro and am having some difficulty trying to connect it to my home network wirelessly so that I can share files with my PC. On Finder, for whatever reason, I can see my dad's computer under 'Shared' and can access shared files but I don't see my computer at all. Any ideas? My dad's computer is an XP Pro while my PC is a Windows 7.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I can never get my Mac to be aware of the existence of other computers of my network. Maybe I somehow disabled the network browsing service?

    SMB coming in to the Mac works just fine though.
     
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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Connect to Server... pretends to work until you authenticate. I don't get the Shared sidebar item either. I can ping the other machines as well.

    I've just mapped a network drive coming in otherwise. Windows Explorer can mount the share with just a hosename. I just want it to work from my Mac to my other machines.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have "File Sharing" enabled in System Preferences > Sharing?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Coming into my Mac works just fine. I have SMB/CIFS sharing enabled. I just can't get my Mac to connect to other SMB shares on my network. (Simple file sharing and nothing more over SMB.) The Shared sidebar item doesn't just magically appear unless I'm on some other network with Windows XP machines transmitting welcome mats open in the clear.

    Windows 7 file shares are apparently invisible to OS X.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm not sure if you answered my question. It's my understanding that other computers won't show up in the sidebar of Finder unless you have "File Sharing" checked in System Preferences > Sharing. Have you checked that setting?
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Shared sidebar item NEVER appears unless I'm on a network with Windows XP machines. I have Windows 7 comptuers at home and they talk to each other just fine. All of my other machines can mount my Mac's SMB share just fine whenever it's turned on.

    I just can't get my Mac to discover the other comptuers on my network. It'd be nice if it did that.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    OK, I guess you're not going to answer my question. That's cool. Good luck!
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'll check that setting again. I do have smbd running but it sounds like you're talking about some other check box. Is there something that enables network discovery under OS X that I'm missing? It appears to work whenever I'm on other networks with XP machines and Windows Servers.

    On another note; my Mac is sharing my entire user directory, my mounted volumes, and not just Public. It never did that before.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This:
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    On the same screen as the File Sharing option, under Shared Folders, you can add and remove any folders that you want shared/not shared.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    File Sharing has to be enabled to allow network discovery to work even if you don't want to share anything?

    I had a barebones install on an external USB hard drive pick up network shares and the Shared sidebar item blipped into existence. Sharing isn't enabled on that OS X install though.

    One more thing, this is a clean OS X installation with my data migrated over.

    There was a time where I had to use my Public folder and Drop Box to get any file sharing done. I'll check again but one day my entire user directory and a copy of Prince of the City I had in a drive suddenly appeared to my Windows 7 machines that connected to my Mac. I was a little surprised.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, that's my understanding. I don't think you have to actually share anything, but from what I understand, File Sharing must be enabled for network discovery.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Thanks, I'll take a much deeper look when I get home. I'd kill for OS X to have access to Windows 7 Home Groups. I stick with vanilla SMB shares instead of that but that would make it so much easier.
     
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. The sharing of Users was enabled by default and Recorded TV in Windows 7.
    2. I was finally able to connect to my Windows 7 machines using Connect to Server by just using smb://hostname
    3. The Shared sidebar item only appears once I authenticate using Connect to Server. There is no network discovery.
    4. Windows 7 discovers my Mac's SMB share with no problems.
    5. SMB sharing under OS X is only set to share my user's Public Folder but I can still connect to my entire directory and any mounted volumes.

    When I connect to my Mac using the hostname in Windows Explorer you get two folders:

    Username (this is the home directory)
    Username's Public Folder

    Mapping a network drive works normally.
     
  16. Betelgeuse macrumors member

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    I'm pretty sure this isn't right. I'm able to see shared volumes independent of whether I have file sharing enabled.

    I've actually never been able to share a volume on my MBP with my WinXP machines. No problem the other way (viewing WinXP shares on my Mac), so I don't know what the issue is. OTOH, I haven't actually tried that hard, so I should see if I can figure out the issue before complaining.
     

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