How does one connect to PCs

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Is there any way to connect to a PC in the same way that I can select "connect to server" and login in as a user on another mac? I mean is there any way that I can log onto a PC from my mac so that it will mount as a drive and give me access to all the files. If so what do i have to do on both computers? I'm sure it's pretty easy on the mac side, but I have no idea on the windows side.



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    der kopfder kopf Posts: 2,275member
    Hey, I guess it can't be hard, but I don't have too much experience with it. The only time I connected to a PC, was actually a windows-run network. I had to connect through SMB (or samba, as many nix-heads call it). I'd like to know an answer though. So, anyone? How about Defiant? You have a pc, and are awfully silent about it...
  • Reply 2 of 4
    I can do this through my Airport.

    I have a PC running WinXP and 2 Macs, both running Jaguar.

    in Finder, "connect to sever". a network name ("Home" in my case) shows up that contains the XP machine ... select that, then the computer shows up.... select that and I am then prompted for a user name and password for that computer .... it then allows me to choose from the shared volumes on that computer.

    I have so far only gained access to the "shared docs" folder because that is the only one that was set up by default to be shared ... I havn't yet figured out how to set the "properties" of other folders so I can access them.

    In short ... this CAN be done from the finder (just as easy as connecting to another OSX mac, once it's set up), the trick is in getting the windows machine configured properly.

    does this help at all ?
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    elricelric Posts: 230member
    1. On the PC check which workgroup it is in by right clicking network neighborhood and choosing properties. In the window that opens up click the tab marked Identification and make a note about what the workgroup is and what the computer name is. Now click the configuration tab, near the bottom you will a button that says File and Print Sharing in the window that opens up make sure the option aboout sharing files is checked. After you close everything it may make you reboot.

    2. On the mac open /Applications/Utilities/Directory Access, cick the little lock in the lower left corner, enter your password, select SMB from the list (make sure you check its box if its not) then click configure. In the window that pops up set the Workgroup name to the same as it was on your PC. Click ok. Click Apply (if its clickable) then quit directory access.

    3. On your PC decide which folder you want to share. Right click the folder and choose Sharing. A window pops up with options for sharing it as read/write or read only and has places to put passwords, I use the same password on all my shared folders but they can be different for each one.

    4. Now you should be able to do Go->Connect To Server and after a moment you will see the computer name in the left window. Click the computer name of the PC and click Connect. A window will open up labled SMB Mount with a dropdown box of all the shared folders on the PC. Choose the one you want then click OK. You will be prompted for a user name and password. There should also be a checkbox for adding it to the keychain. If you will be accessing this alot you should do that. Once its connected it will show up as an icon on your desktop. If you connect to this drive alot you can drag the icon to your dock which will make it much faster to open up in the future.

    One note, I heard somewhere, prolly on here, that if you shutdown the PC before you Eject the shared folders on the mac that it will cause problems. I have never tested this to see what happens but keep it in mind.

    Hope this helped <img src="graemlins/cancer.gif" border="0" alt="[cancer]" />
  • Reply 4 of 4
    whatever happened to... "There is no step three" !

    would it really kill Microsoft to make all that just a little bit easier ? (or at least more intuitive)
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