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Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger

Book Description

No Mac is an island when it comes to sharing files. In this detail-packed ebook, networking expert Glenn Fleishman 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. Learn how to set up Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to share files with Macs, Windows, and Unix machines using AppleShare, Samba, FTP, the Web, and WebDAV. Glenn shows you how to avoid the risks of sharing files across the Internet, provides instructions for accessing shared files from common operating systems, and explains how to enhance Tiger's file sharing with SharePoints. Building on the three free updates that kept the Panther edition of this ebook up to date, this new release has been thoroughly revised for Tiger. Extra section - learn all the ways to share music and photos across a network with iTunes and iPhoto!

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • The built-in FTP server seems limited. What do you suggest instead?

  • Are there any utilities that make it easier to configure file sharing?

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

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Read Me First
    1. Onscreen Reading Tips
    2. Printing Tips
    3. Basics
    4. What’s New
  3. Introduction
  4. Sharing Files Quick Start
  5. Share Files on the Same Mac
  6. What Is File Sharing?
  7. 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
  8. Hardware You Need to Serve Files
    1. More Computing Power
    2. Higher Internet Throughput
  9. Decide on a File-Sharing Technique
    1. File Services
      1. AppleShare
      2. SMB (Server Message Block) or Samba
      3. NFS (Network Filesystem)
    2. FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
    3. Web
      1. Basic downloads
      2. WebDAV inside a Web server
    4. Proprietary and Unusual File Sharing Tools
      1. iDisk
      2. IP over FireWire
      3. Timbuktu Pro
      4. BitTorrent
      5. Adobe Version Cue
      6. Creo Tokens
  10. Avoid File-Sharing Risks
    1. Problems with Open Servers
    2. Recommendations for Avoiding Risks
    3. Set Your Firewall for Sharing Files
    4. Protect Your Passwords
  11. Turn On File Sharing
    1. Sleep and Sharing Files
    2. Share Files with AppleShare
      1. What’s shared
        1. Guests and normal users
        2. Administrators
      2. Share any folder
      3. Turn off guest access
      4. Turn on AppleShare
      5. Turn on AppleTalk
    3. Share Files with Samba
      1. What’s shared in Samba
        1. Change the default sharing configuration
        2. Set up a custom folder for the Samba account
        3. Share a specific folder
      2. Disable public folders
      3. Change the Samba shared name on the network
      4. Turn on guest access
      5. Turn on Samba
      6. Avoid file naming problems
    4. Share Files over the Web
      1. What’s shared over the Web
      2. Share files and folders
    5. Share Files with FTP
      1. Install PureFTPd Manager
      2. Configure PureFTPd Manager
      3. Turn on anonymous FTP access
      4. Create FTP users without using Mac OS X accounts
      5. Disable Mac OS X users
      6. Create (or import) an SSL/TLS certificate
      7. Create multiple servers
      8. Other options
    6. Share Files with NFS
    7. Share Files with WebDAV
      1. General configuration
      2. Set up users
      3. Secure WebDAV with SSL
      4. Start and test WebDAV
  12. Share Digital Media Files
    1. Decide How to Share Music in iTunes
      1. Built-in iTunes sharing feature
      2. Shared music folder
    2. Use iTunes Built-in Sharing
    3. Set Up a Shared Music Folder
    4. Share Photos in iPhoto
      1. Share an iPhoto Library folder
      2. Share photos via iPhoto Sharing
  13. Access Shared Files
    1. Access Shared Volumes with Tiger
      1. Extra AppleShare options
      2. Make server aliases for fast remounts
      3. Mount via Network Browser
      4. Connect via NFS
      5. Connect via Terminal
      6. Manage passwords with Keychain Access
    2. Access Shared Volumes with Panther
    3. Access Shared Volumes with Jaguar
    4. Access Shared Volumes with Mac OS 9
      1. Connect via AppleShare
      2. Connect via other services
    5. Access Shared Volumes with Windows XP
      1. Connect via Samba
      2. Connect via WebDAV or FTP
      3. Connect via AppleShare
  14. Dismount a Server
  15. A. Share with SharePoints
    1. Install SharePoints
    2. Use SharePoints
      1. Turn off guest access in AppleShare
      2. Create file sharing-only users
      3. Share any folder in AppleShare or Samba
  16. About This Ebook
    1. About the Author
    2. Author’s Acknowledgements
    3. Take Control: The Series
    4. About TidBITS Electronic Publishing
    5. Production Credits