O'Reilly logo

Network Know-How by John Ross

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

File Sharing on a Macintosh

Starting with OS X 10.2, the Macintosh operating system supports Windows file sharing (SMB), so that's the best way to exchange files between an up-to-date Mac and another computer through a network. I'll discuss connecting older Macs to a network later in this section.

If your home or business uses Macintosh computers exclusively, you could use one of the older Apple sharing services, but you're on your own for that; we're concerned here about connecting your Mac to a non-proprietary network.

Connecting a Mac to a Windows (SMB) Network

When a Macintosh is connected to an SMB (Windows) network, it appears the same as any other computer connected to the network: You can find drives, directories, files, and other resources ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required