serving files in OS X to a windows machines

Discussion in 'macOS' started by metrolab, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. metrolab macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2006
    hi everyone. i am new here. i have been reading this forum, along with others most of the day trying to recreate what seemed like a relatively easy task in windoze. i am not a computer guy so forgive my ignorance, but i have been hosting files for my wife (mac) and i (pc) off an old win xp machine for the past 2 years. it has worked nearly flawlessly, we are just running out of space and i am anxious to ween ourselves off windows all together with my upcoming pc replacement machine - new macbook pro. we decided to convert this file serving setup from the old beige box to an older g5 this weekend. i stuck a nice new large SATA drive in the g5, formatted it hfs+ and hoped to be able to start sharing each of the 100gb partitions on the new drive, but i am starting to realize that i am unable to share this drive or individual folders on this new drive without add-on software similiar to sharepoints or something else. is this right? i need something more robust then sharing one user folder. please tell me there is an easier way!!! in windows you just mark folders shared, modify the access controls and you are set, os x has access controls and i tried them with no luck. after a bit of research i am understanding that this doesnt really effect anything without osX server? is this right? i have changed them and nothing seems to work.

    some forums suggest sharepoints. i tried it and can at least see the shares now but am confused on how to actually get it to allow access to the pc user. when i access the shares it ask me to login. i do, with the same username and password i used on the os X box and it says no access.

    also, am i understanding the sharepoints documentation that the permission changes setup by sharepoints only controls the individual folder and not folders created inside later on.

    sorry, but i am frustrated. i want to love os x, but stuff like this is just frustrating. i need help, i want to convert.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You do not need third-party software to share files on your Mac. Simply place the folders that you want to share in your Public folder and turn on Personal File Sharing in the Sharing preferences pane. OTOH, Sharepoints is required if you want to restore MacOS 9-style sharing and to share folders elsewhere within your Home folder.
  3. metrolab thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2006
    #3 - this seems to work if the folders you are working on all reside on the same physical drive as the OS. in our case, we have added a 2nd drive to add capacity. the folders on this 2nd drive are what we are trying to gain access to.
  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    I had the same issue - sharing a second drive.

    Sharepoints will do it - for the permissions issue, off the "normal" share page, click the "show file system properties" and check the "inherit permissions from parent" box.

    There's also (in the same place) a check box for "allow Windows guests" which I presume allows non-user/password access (but I haven't tested that myself)

    You can also (again, in the same pane) set ownership for the folder (this may be why your existing login is not working, because you haven't been set as the "owner" of that folder). If you set the permissions for "everyone" to r or r/w i believe it will allow anyone guest access (without a login) to that share.

    or set up a new user (in "Users and public shares") if you want a specific login (that won't give access to your home folder) to that folder/volume, and set that user as the owner.

    Make sure that SMB sharing is enabled for the share if you want Windows to be able to see it (it also makes it easier if under "SMB properties" you set the Workgroup to the same workgroup the PC is using).
  5. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    Perhaps check out the drive info Ownership & Permissions

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