The most common way to share data with Windows and Mac includes Slack, Google Drive and good old’ flash drives. However, there is a better way if both computers are connected to the same WiFi network. In this article, we’ll set up shared folders on Mac and access it from a Windows computer. Let’s begin.
Press Windows key + R Type: optionalfeatures.exe Hit Enter Scroll down to SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support Tick the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client Untick SMB 1.0/CIFS Automatic Removal and Untick SMB 1.0/CIFS Server Click OK Restart if prompted. Press the Windows Key and R at the same time to bring up the Run dialog. AFP Printer Driver for Windows installs a virtual printer that allows users to create AFP overlays, documents, page segments, and medium overlays from any Windows application that supports printing. Open up your Printers folder from the Microsoft Windows Control Panel and double-click on Add Printer.: 2. When the Add Printer Wizard pops up, click Next.: 3. On the Local or Network Printer dialog box, choose Local Printer and uncheck the option to automatically detect.
If you want to share the folders on Windows and access it from a Mac instead then you can follow the steps in this article on how to access Windows Shared folders on a Mac.
Setting up and Accessing Shared folders is relatively easy and you don’t need to install any additional hardware. However, it would be even more seamless if you assign these devices a static IP so that you don’t have to re-establish a connection whenever your router assigns a new one.
Open ‘System Preferences‘ on your Mac computer and click the Sharing icon.
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Click File Sharing and add all the folders you want to share by clicking the + button under Shared Folders as shown below.
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After this, you can add users and the level of control they’d have on the shared folders. If you’re unsure then leave it on the default and enable the Server. Click Options to open the dialog box.
Mac supports both SMB and AFP servers where the latter is built for Apple devices only. I plan on sharing the folder between both Mac and Windows so I checked both servers but you can enable just SMB and it would work just as fine.
Check the box next to “Share files and folders using SMB”. Check the box next to your account and click Done.
Now, click the ‘File Sharing’ box on the left pane and then lock the settings by clicking on the padlock icon in the bottom left side of the window.
Before you exit this window, note down the smb server address and the name of the shared folder, we’ll need this to access the shared folder on Mac.
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To access the shared folder on a Windows computer, we’ll map the drive to the computer. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on This PC icon.
Select ‘Map Network Drive’. Even though you can access the shared folder by running this command “IP-ADDRESS-OF-MAC” in the Run dialog box, we’ll map it so that it shows up in Windows Explorer and you don’t have to run the command every time you want to access the network drive.
Now, you’d need the IP address we note down earlier while enabling the shared folder on Mac. Type ” YOUR-MAC-IPSHARED-FOLDER”. Click finish.
It would prompt you to enter the credentials and map the drive after successful authentication. Now, you can access the shared folder and files in it.
That was a quick way to set up sharing and accessing Mac shared folders from a Windows computer. It is a convenient and reliable way of accessing large files over the network when you don’t move around a lot. We use it for sharing Rendered video files that reduce the dependency on Google Drive and flash drives. Go ahead map the drives and let me know if you face any problems. You can comment down below or reach me on Twitter.
And if your company is one of the estimated 80% of enterprise organisations which have Mac and mobile users who need to access files and documents in a mixed Mac-Windows environment, or if you’re looking to retire your ageing Mac servers you should know that Windows and Macs communicate with one another differently.
Typically when Mac users try to access Windows file and print servers via SMB (Server Messaging Block) they typically experience performance, data integrity, search slowness and many other issues, and your business is impacted in many ways.
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Mac OS X has always supported two network protocols:
With each OS X update, Mac SMB compatibility has evolved. But even with the SMB3 protocol support introduced in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac users continue to report frustrating problems, especially with key applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud/Suite.
Acronis Access Connect can overcome common and critical Mac SMB problems with improved AFP support, including:
IT managers in thousands of companies have found that by connecting to file shares with the native AFP protocol, their Mac users can stop suffering from these SMB problems, improving productivity while reducing frustration and help desk calls. This ultimately results in the lowering of costs and higher profitability.
And since Acronis Access Connect is a server-side solution, all Macs are automatically supported, whether they’re running older or new versions of OS X.
When Mac users connect over SMB to a Windows or NAS file share, they lose the fast Spotlight filename and content searches they’re used to when searching locally or against an OS X Server. Acronis Access Connect solves that by linking Spotlight searches to a server-side index. For files on Windows servers, it links seamlessly with the native Windows Search service. Since the Windows Search service can’t index NAS shares, Acronis Access Connect now includes a new indexing option: Acronis Content Indexing, which can index filenames, content, or both on any file share, including supported NAS devices, making searches hundreds of times faster.
Either way, Macs connected to file shares over AFP can then search filenames or content across very large collections of files to quickly find the files they need.
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Acronis Access Connect is designed from the ground up to integrate Macs with any size Windows environment, from workgroup servers to clustered VMs and NAS.
It’s fully integrated with Active Directory and NTFS permissions – Mac users can log in with their standard credentials and get the expected permissions to their files.
And with the Acronis Access Connect Network Reshare feature (enterprise subscription license required), Macs can use AFP to access files on other Windows servers and NAS devices, through a single server.
Acronis Access Connect easily integrates with key Windows infrastructure elements expected by IT, including:
It also supports the features and rich experience Mac users expect:
Acronis Access Connect expands beyond Macs to provide fast, seamless file access for mobile devices, including those for iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets. Windows 7 activator 64 bit. The Access mobile clients provide rich file browsing, full content searching, file previewing and editing, as well as automatic synchronization for working offline.