Macs on a Windows SBS 2003 Environment

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macgilly, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. macgilly macrumors newbie


    Aug 29, 2005
    Hi all;

    I am a recent switcher to mac. At home I have been happily using a Mac Mini for all my work related stuff and some WoW Playing. I plan to upgrade soon to a well deserved PowerMac Dual 2.0.

    Currently at work, I have Windows SBS 2003 we have over 20 PC's (laptops and desktops) hooked to it. When my boss asked me what type of PC I wanted for work, I told him to get me a Macmini, because they were cheaper and i knew i could connect it to the domain. I also have been so happy with the one at home where i connect to my other Windows PC that i figured if I could use it at home for work there, I could use it at work.

    I am the IT Manager there... so he got it for me.

    Now... When I go to Go on the Macmini, and I pick connect to server (i have the macmini connected to the workgroup at the office) and I click on the machine I want to connect to (this case the server), it shows a little connect button. When I click connect in the server "office" i get a dialog that asks for my account info, so i type: Administrator and my password, then another dialog pops up and says:

    The current alias for Office (office is the name of the main server) is not working. It gives me then three options: OK, Fix Alias or Delete Alias.

    If I click on OK it does nothing. Fix alias takes me to pick a new alias for Office but the network options are greyed out. Delete Alias lets me delete the alias Office but it gives me an error that i dont have sufficient priviledges.

    I need to be able to see my Server from the mac, be able to access some shared folders on the server and I need to connect my entourage to Exchange.

    Could you give me some insights on what you did to connect to your Windows SBS?? DO you know a good website or book I can read? I really want to learn how to do this properly because my boss is liking how macs work and i know i have the possibility to turn around most of the office into using macs. But if i cannot connect my own Mac to the server i guess it wont happen.

    Hope you can help or put me on the way of a good direction. I really want to learn how to have Macs and Windows co-exist and be productive in a network environment.


    Reply here or to my e-mail
  2. baummer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Entourage can connect to Exchange using WebDAV. Simply point it to your Exchange/DC/SBS server and give it your domain credentials as in:


    For browsing the network, I haven't received any error like you describe. I changed my SMB settings in Directory Access to use a WINS server and never had a problem. Although Active Directory uses DNS, it seems a WINS server helps in most cases.

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