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Connect Mac to Windows 2000

In addition to Windows 2000 Professional, there are other types of clients that can connect to Windows 2000 Server. Macintosh clients use a modified form of AppleTalk to connect to other machine on a network and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server provides AppleTalk as an option protocol so that Macs can connect. They must meet certain requirements however, before they can be connected: Macintoshes must have System 6.07 or higher, including System 7. If the Macintoshes have system 7.5 or earlier, the volume size must not be greater than 2 GB; and if the Macintoshes have system 7.5 or later, the volume size cannot be greater than 4 GB. The final requirement is that the Macintosh may not be an XL or 128.

To connect your Macintosh, assuming it fits all of the above-mentioned criteria, you will need an NTFS volume to set up directory space because directory space can be set up only on NTFS. You will also need at least 2 MB of free disk space.

The next step in the process is to implement the AppleTalk protocol, which enables your Macintosh clients to communicate with the server. Click Start, and select Settings, and then open the Control Panel. Next, Double-click Network and Dial-up Connections. Right-click the Local Area Connection and click on Properties. When that screen appears, click Install, Protocol, and then Add. Finally, select AppleTalk Protocol and click OK. Be sure that you have installed the File Services for Macintosh by Clicking on Start, Settings, and then Control Panel. Double-click on Add/Remove Programs. Click Add/Remove Windows Components and then use the slider to scroll down and select Other Network File and Print Services. Click Next to finish loading the components.

There are many options for Macintosh clients that include a logon message for Macintosh machines. There are choices of how passwords are passed between the client and server, how many sessions a Macintosh client can have, and which files associate with which programs. You can configure the server for Macintoshes by Clicking on Start, then Programs, Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management. Next, open the System Tools. Right-click on Shared Folders and then select Configure File Server for Macintosh. The Macintosh Properties page will appear. Enter a logon message for Macintosh users and set the authentication levels or maximum number of sessions.

You can create a Macintosh volume by sharing a folder using the Create Shared Folders Wizard. First Click on Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management, then open System Tools. While in System Tools, expand Shared Folders. Right-click on Shares and select New File Share. Enter in the path of the folder to share. You can share the folders to Windows, Novell or Macintosh computers by using the three checkboxes. Finally, Click on Next to finish the Wizard. Manage the volume by Clicking on Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management, then open System Tools. Open Shared Folders and Click on Shares. Right-click the Macintosh volume and select Properties. The volume Properties page will appear. Use the General tab to set an optional password on the volume and to allow guests or not. Finally use the Security tab to set granular permissions on the volume.

You are now ready to load the client software on the Macintosh client. Open the Chooser and click on Appleshare. Select the zone where you loaded File Services for Macintosh and select the File server. On the Mac desktop, double-click the Microsoft UAM volume. Run the Microsoft UAM Installer program.

Barrie Sosinsky (barries@killerapps.com)is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.

This was first published in October 2001

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