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Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard

Book Description

Share files the smart way with networking guru Glenn Fleishman! This detail-packed book, completely updated for Leopard, makes file sharing easy, whether it's between two Macs on a local network, among a mixed-platform office workgroup, or between far-flung computers on the Internet. You'll get help with selecting and configuring the right hardware and software for your needs and budget, learn about the pros and cons of different file-sharing options, find specific steps for setting up each major option (with special instructions to help you avoid problems and security risks), and learn how to connect to file servers from a variety of major operating systems. Read this book to learn the answers to questions like:

  • Which technique should I use to share my files?

  • How do I set up my Mac as a file server?

  • What types of security should I set up? Do I need a firewall?

  • Should I use Samba or AFP as my file-sharing service?

  • How can I restrict what users can do after they log in?

  • How can my Windows-using colleagues access my shared files?

  • How do I share iPhoto photos? What about songs from iTunes?

  • What's the best way to connect to a file server from my Mac?

  • I heard that FTP works better in Leopard. How do I set it up, and what if I want to use SFTP?

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard
    1. Read Me First
      1. What's Really Different in This Edition
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Sharing Files Quick Start
    4. 2. Share Files on the Same Mac
    5. 3. What Is File Sharing?
    6. 4. Reasons for File Sharing
      1. Coordinate Group Projects
      2. Create a Central Archive
      3. Avoid Relying on Email
      4. Distribute By Download
      5. Share Media Files
    7. 5. What You Need to Serve Files
      1. Macintosh on Your Network
      2. Hard Drive on Your Network (nas)
      3. Higher Internet Throughput
      4. Internet-Based Host
    8. 6. Decide on a File-Sharing Method
      1. File Services
        1. AFP
        2. SMB or Samba
      2. FTP
        1. Using FTP securely
        2. Using FTP Securely with Leopard
      3. NFS
      4. Web
        1. Basic downloads
        2. WebDAV inside a Web server
      5. Proprietary and Unusual File Sharing Tools
        1. iDisk
        2. Timbuktu Pro
        3. Pando
    9. 7. Avoid File-Sharing Risks
      1. Problems with Open Servers
      2. Recommendations for Avoiding Risks
      3. Set Your Firewall for Sharing Files
        1. Protect Your Passwords
    10. 8. Share Files
      1. Set Up File Sharing
        1. Turn on services
        2. Add shared folders for file sharing
        3. Define users
        4. Assign users for file sharing
        5. Control access via file sharing
      2. Share with AFP
      3. Share with Samba
        1. Extra step due to weak passwords
        2. Avoid file naming problems
      4. Share with FTP and SFTP
        1. Guest access in FTP
        2. Using SFTP
      5. Share Files Over the Web
        1. What's shared over the Web
        2. Share files and folders
    11. 9. Share Digital Media Files
      1. Decide How to Share an iTunes Library
        1. Built-in iTunes Sharing feature
        2. Shared iTunes Music folder
      2. Set Up iTunes Sharing
      3. Share an iTunes Music Folder
      4. Share Photos in iPhoto
        1. Share an iPhoto Library
        2. Share photos via iPhoto Sharing
    12. 10. Access Shared Files
      1. Access Shared Volumes with a Mac
        1. Find and use a mounted server
        2. Make it easy to remount
        3. Mount by browsing
        4. Connect via Terminal
        5. Manage passwords with Keychain Access
      2. Access Shared Volumes with Windows
        1. Connect via Samba
        2. Connect via WebDAV or FTP
    13. 11. Dismount a Server
    14. A. Sleep and Sharing Files
    15. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. About the Publisher
      4. Production Credits