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Connect Mac To Windows Server 2003

Consider the procedure given below to connect a Mac device to a Windows Server 2003.


Turn off security policy on Server 2003:

  • Press the Win and the R keys together to open the Run dialog box on the desktop.
  • Enter “gpedit.msc” and click, OK.
  • The Local Group Policy Editor window opens up on the screen. Now, select the Windows Settings folder under Computer Configuration.
  • After that, navigate through the following options, Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy.
  • On the right-side panel, find the Password must meet complexity requirements policy and open it.
  • Disable the Security Settings, then set 0 as the Maximum password age.
  • Now, navigate to the Security settings under Local Policies and disable Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always).
  • Find Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (if client agrees), and enable it.
  • Next, search ‘cmd’ using the search bar on the desktop, and open the Command Prompt window.
  • Input the command “gpupdate /force” and press Enter.
  • Then restart the Windows server 2003 system.

Connect Mac to Windows Server 2003:

  • Click the Apple menu, then choose System Preferences from the list of options, and select Sharing.
  • When the window appears on the screen, tick the File Sharing menu and set a name to the Mac device.
  • Next, select the Go menu from the menu bar, and click the Connect to Server option.
  • Enter the Server Address of Windows Server 2003 and click the Connect button.
  • To gain access to the Windows system files, you have to enter the Name and Password and select Connect.
  • Now, select all the folders which you want to access from the Mac system and close the window.
  • Click the Go menu and then the Network option, select the Windows IP address to access the files.
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