If you’re wishing to access a Mac file share from a Windows machine, there’s one thing needed that’s often overlooked.
First, assume you’re just needing to have Windows machines access a file share presented from the Mac.
Creating the share — you can use any folder you wish, or even a drive. I’ll just use an existing folder to share with a Windows machine — and because I lack the “creative naming” gene, I’ll just call it WinBackups and put it on one of my Data drives.
Next, we’ll go to Sharing in System Preferences to add it as a File Sharing object. Here, you can see that I have one for Backups, a default public Drop Box for my own account, and the new…
I’ve set it to No Access for everyone, and because I’m going to use my own account, added it for Read & Write access.
Next, ensure it’s presented as a Windows share. Right-click the share name then click Advanced Options. Because I need to exist in a platform-agnostic world, ensure Share over is SMB and AFP. Everything else can be left unchecked.
And try from Windows…
But not to worry!
There’s another step — strangely — because some Windows computers handle the password exchange differently. So, in a way, Mac passwords and password handling is too secure (?), or something.
In System Preferences, go to Sharing > File Sharing > select the specific share point, then click Options.
Enable the checkbox to Share files and folders using SMB. Next, check off each username from the list presented. You’ll need to type each user’s password when prompted.
And, viewing it from DOS, because why not:
C:\Users\esthe>net view Server Name Remark \\JOHNS-IMAC John's iMac \\LAPTOP-LGEG7HJC The command completed successfully. C:\Users\esthe>net view \\johns-imac Shared resources at \\johns-imac Share name Type Used as Comment Backups Disk John Shirley's Public Folder Disk WinBackups Disk The command completed successfully. C:\Users\esthe>net use u: \johns-imac\winbackups The command completed successfully. C:\Users\esthe>dir u: Volume in drive U is Data Volume Serial Number is 0000-0000 Directory of U:\ 03/07/2020 03:02 PM <DIR> . 03/07/2020 03:02 PM <DIR> .. 02/24/2020 07:36 PM 1,646,760,758 Microsoft_Office_16.34.20020900_BusinessPro_Installer.pkg 03/07/2020 03:01 PM <DIR> SCC 03/07/2020 03:02 PM <DIR> SFCC 1 File(s) 1,646,760,758 bytes 4 Dir(s) 1,637,838,020,608 bytes free C:\Users\esthe>shutdown /s /f /t 0