Access Vista from Your Mac
OK, let's do it the other way around now. Here is how to access Vista files and folders from your Mac. First, let's tweak Vista a bit:
- On your Vista computer, click the Windows button; then type Network and click the Network and Sharing Center in the Start menu.
- Set the network to Private by clicking the Customize link on the right side of the Network section of the Network and Sharing Center. It includes the subheads Access and Connection.
- In Customize Network Settings, select Private if necessary and click Next; then click Close.
- Go back to the Network and Sharing Center and check that Network Discovery is on. Click the down arrow next to the item to reveal the settings controls.
- Check that File Sharing is on. Also make sure password-protected sharing is on.
- Before you switch over to the Mac, check to see what you called your Vista computer.
- Click the Windows button; then type System in the Search box and click System when it appears in the menu. Down at the section called Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Settings, look for the computer name. Write this down exactly as it is spelled.
Prep Your Mac to Access Vista
Next, pop over to your Mac because we have to tweak a few items there, too:
- On your Mac, go to the Finder menu bar up across the top of the screen. Left to right, you'll see the Apple icon, then Finder, and a few menus over, you'll see the Go menu, between View and Window.
- Click the Go menu and select Connect to Server.
- Here you will need to enter the name of the computer you are connecting to; in this case, I named the Vista computer Vista1 and used the address smb://Vista1 (see Figure 11.25).
Figure 11.25 On the Go menu, you can connect to a computer on your network using Samba by name or IP address.
- A login window appears, asking for Workgroup, Name (Windows username), and Password (password used with a specific Windows user account). Change the workgroup to the one you specified on your Vista computer (see Figure 11.26).
Figure 11.26 Enter the Windows username and password for the computer you are trying to connect to from your Mac.
- Enter the Windows username and password that you use to log in to the user account of your Vista machine.
- You should now see two folders: Public (if public folders are turned on in Vista's Networking and Sharing Center) and Users. To find the folders you shared, click Users and the user account and then browse to where the shared folder is located. If none are available, go and share explicit files or folders, as I specified earlier in this chapter.