Resolve an SMB File Sharing Issue Connecting From a Domain-Joined PC

Mar 26, 2013
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Resolve an SMB File Sharing Issue Connecting From a Domain-Joined PC

If you're having trouble connecting to your Mac from a domain-joined PC, you may need to check your workgroup settings on your Mac.

  1. On the Mac: open System Preferences and navigate to the Sharing section:

    01-SystemPreferencesSharing

  2. Enable the SMB (Windows) sharing options: 02-EnableSmbSharing

  3. Go back to the main System Preferences panel, then select Network: 03-SystemPreferencesNetwork
  4. Choose your primary network adapter (the one that's connected to the same network as your PC) and select Advanced:

    04-Advanced

  5. On the WINS tab, enter the name of the workgroup or domain that your PC is a part of. This is the most important step:

    05-WORKGROUP-1

  6. From your PC: connect to your Mac (e.g. Start, Run, \\Valid\Unc\Path\Or\IP\Address). You'll be prompted for a username and password. Notice that by default it wants to login with a domain account:

    06-ConnectFromWindows

  7. To login with a non-domain user account, prefix your Mac's username with a \, then enter your password and connect: 07-ChangeToNoDomain

  8. Success! 08-Success!