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File sharing

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

File sharing

With Services for Macintosh, both users of x86-based computers and Macintosh users can easily share files stored on a server. On a computer running File Server for Macintosh, files are stored in shared folders or in Macintosh volumes. For a file to be accessible to x86-based clients, it must be in a shared folder (or in a subfolder of a shared folder). Each server can have one or more shared folders. Each shared folder on a server is assigned a unique name.

With File Server for Macintosh, Macintosh users cannot automatically gain access to all shared folders. To make a folder (and consequently its subfolders, which may or may not be shared for users who are not using Macintosh computers) available to Macintosh users, the administrator must designate the folder as a Macintosh-accessible volume.


  • Some users of x86-based computers are familiar with the terms volume and volume labels as they relate to a hard disk partition. In the context of Services for Macintosh, a volume is either a folder designated as both a shared folder and a Macintosh-accessible volume (meaning that both types of clients can gain access to the files in the volume) or a folder available only to Macintosh users on the network. The only exception to this convention is CD-ROM or Compact Disc File System (CDFS) volumes.

  • Macintosh volume names that are created on a computer running a member of the Windows Server 2003 family cannot exceed 12 characters. To create volumes with longer names, use the command-line utility Macfile.exe. For example, to add a volume called Landscape Design on the magnolia server using the Trees folder on drive E:, type:

    macfile volume /add /server:\\magnolia /name:"Landscape Design" /path:e:\trees

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