Thursday, May 20, 2010

Windows Home Server: How to configure a Mac

These resources are a little tricky to track down so I have created a post that contains links to all the resources you need to connect a MAC to a Windows Home Server:

How to configure a MAC to remotely run the Home Server Console:
http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2009/04/29/running-the-windows-home-server-console-on-a-mac.aspx

How to Connect a MAC to a Windows Home Server:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1568

How to configure Time Machine:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427
Note:  If you want to use a network folder to store your Time Machine Backups you'll need to download a program called iTimeMachine for your Mac.

At the time of this writing you could download it from here:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26359/itimemachine
Warning:  
I had problems using a Windows based computer for the network folder for TimeMachine.
I have talked to Mac users that are using TimeCapsule or other Mac based products for the network storage for TimeMachine and they haven't reported any problems.

HP's Guide on Windows Home Server and Mac:
http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/mediasmart-server/hp_mediasmartserver_macosx.pdf

How to Mount a network drive on a Mac:
Connect to the server on your Mac. Now, on your Mac, from Finder's Go menu, choose "Connect to Server." Enter the IP address you just obtained from your PC, preceded by smb://, as shown:


UPDATE: To use your PC's name instead of IP address, replace the number with the name. So if your PC's name is "MyWindowsBox", you'd use smb://mywindowsbox (not case-sensitive).

If it finds your server, you'll get prompted to enter your network credentials - by default, your Windows username and password:

Once you're in, you'll get to choose which shared folder you want to mount on your Mac. In this case, we're going to choose the "PC - My Docs" share:

And you're done! Now the "PC - My Docs" folder will be mounted on your Mac, and accessible from your desktop and in Finder. If you've allowed reading and writing to the shared folder in Windows, you can drag and drop and save files to it as if it were any disk.

This technique comes in very handy for backing up your Mac's data to a PC, too - just set your Mac's backup software destination to the Windows drive. Also, using Hamachi, you can also do this over the internet when you're away from home.

UPDATE: You can automatically mount your Windows drive every time you login to your Mac by adding it to your Login items. In System Preferences, Accounts, choose the "Login Items" tab and add the Volume to the list of apps that automatically start up