Mac on Windows 2000/2003 servers
I am strongly considering buying my first mac (powerbook) before going to law school this fall, and had a few questions about compatability with windows-based servers. I know that the school file servers where the students' home directories and student organizations' shared files are located are on Windows 2000/2003 servers, in addition to the network printers. The IT support team tells me that the protocol that allows for mac machines to access these files and use these printers is not installed on their machines. I was under the assumption that nothing actually needed to be installed on their side, and that I would be able to access the shared files/use the printers through services for macintosh - does services for macintosh actually need to be installed in order for me to function in school with a mac? Are there any other incompatabilities that I should be aware of before purchasing a mac? Thanks in advance for any help.