How to reference videos, music, pictures, documents folder on another computer

in macOS edited January 2014
I am getting a MBP on Tuesday and am relatively new to the Mac other than a imac that my son just bought a couple months ago so have a question.

On my Windows XP machine I have of course a my documents, my music, my pictures, and my video folder as well as my outlook (email, contact, calendar) data. The way I have it set up now is I have two profiles, one a away one for on trips, at meetings, etc. and the other a home profile (two login profiles). I have a main computer desktop that kind of acts as a server and where I store these files all in their respective directories. What I do is at home I simply use a utility for Windows XP called TweakUI which I can simply install on my laptop and have it point to those respective directories on the server. Then in the away profile since I use this on the go at times I have it set up to point at those directories on the local computer. What this means is of course from time to time I have to copy those files to the local laptop to keep them up to date.

Now that I'm switching to Mac I know there is a music, video, pictures, and documents folder. As well, I am unsure if I will use Entourage for a PIM or use the ical, calendar, and mail apps.

I assume first there is a way to make two profiles, a home and away. if this is correct I know in the away profile I can put everything in the correct folders on the mac but what about when I'm at home. Can I have these folders, music, etc. point to a folder on the main computer like i do with TweakUI on XP or is there probably even a simpler way to do it on the Mac?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,221member
    You need to share the Windows XP folders where our documents reside. From your Mac, you can then use the SMB protocol to login to your Windows machine from the Finders Go > Connect to Server... menu item. After your Windows share mounts on the Desktop, you should launch System Preferences, click the Accounts preferences pane, and add the mounted share to your Login Items. You should be able to add your favorite shared folders on your Finder window sidebar. Drag & drop should do the trick.
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