How to Connect to a Mac Server With a PC

Macs and PCs both offer different computing abilities, making them both assets to a home or work environment. Modern Macs all run on the Intel chip, which makes it easier than ever before to integrate them with PCs. If you want to set up a PC to a Mac network in which you can connect a to a Mac server with a PC it is possible. The only problem is you will only be able to share compatible files with a Mac and PC.

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On the Mac

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Open System preferences. Choose "Sharing."

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Select "Windows File Sharing" and click on "Accounts." Input the names and passwords of the users who can contribute to file sharing with a PC.

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In Mac OS X 5.0 and higher select "File Sharing’,"then select "SMB Sharing" and choose the accounts with whom the sharing will take place, inputting the passwords when asked.

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Close System Preferences.

On the PC

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Open "Control Panel" in the Start menu.

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Click on "Network and Internet Connections." A new window will open. Click "My Network Places." Click "Add a New Place." The Network Wizard will open. Press "Next."

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Select "Choose another Network" and click "Next" again.

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Input the Mac server’s IP address. Click "Next."

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Uncheck the "Log in anonymously" box. Input the Mac user ID you will be logging into the Mac server under. Click "Next," then "Finish." A new window will open.

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Input the Mac user log in name and password and press "Log on." Your PC is now connected to a Mac server.