networking a vista pc and an xp pc with a macbookpro


J

jimlene

My two pc computers (xp and vista) cannot see my macbook pro (leopard os) on
my wireless network (linksys) although the macbook can see the shared folders
on both pc's. How can I tell the pc's to communicate with the Mac. Help much
appreciated!
 
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M

Malke

jimlene said:
My two pc computers (xp and vista) cannot see my macbook pro (leopard os)
on my wireless network (linksys) although the macbook can see the shared
folders on both pc's. How can I tell the pc's to communicate with the Mac.
Help much appreciated!

For general information about setting up Vista networking properly see:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx

This assumes that you have correctly set up Windows Sharing in OS X. If you
have Leopard, make sure you are using the SMB protocol and not AFP. You
must create matching user accounts/passwords on both the Mac and Vista. You
do not need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the
passwords assigned to each user account can be different; the
accounts/passwords just need to exist and match on all machines. If you
wish a machine to boot directly to the Desktop in Vista (into one
particular user's account) for convenience, you can do this. The
instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:

Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/Autologon.htm

You also need to make sure you've correctly configured your firewalls on
both machines to allow the Local Area Network as trusted.

To enable Windows Vista to connect to Mac OS X with Windows File Sharing
enabled, you will need to change the following policy in Windows Vista:

Start>Run>secpol.msc [enter]

Click on "Local Policies" --> "Security Options"

Navigate to the policy "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level"
and double-click it to get its Properties. By default Windows Vista sets
the policy to "NTVLM2 responses only". Use the drop-down arrow to change
this to "LM and NTLM ? use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated".

In Vista Home Premium, you won't have this tool so per Steve Winograd, do:

1. Run the registry editor and open this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa

1. If it doesn't already exist, create a DWORD value named
LmCompatibilityLevel

3. Set the value to 1

4. Reboot


Malke
 

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