ET OSX is a list of useful tools for the MacOS X, most of which live in the Applications folder on my startup drive. It started as a 'what's on my Mac' page on my personal site but quickly evolved into a blog of its own. I'm trying to focus most on of the tiny but useful utilities that sometimes save you lots of trouble and effort, and to omit for the most part the list of big guns, that one normally uses on a daily basis. The list serves two purposes, lets me easily answer 'how do I do this on the Mac' questions asked by other users, and helps me remember answers to the same questions myself.

Tip: Connecting MacOS X Tiger Clients to Win2003 File Servers

I remembered the hard way (or rather I remembered while reading this post on Apple's discussion forums and a howto on that Apple's Samba implementation (the built-in software that allows you connect to Windows computers) doesn't support digitally signed communication. What does this mean for the average Mac OS X user? If he or she tries to connect to a Windows 2003 - based file server, chanced are they'll be greeted with a non-descriptive error message about deleting or fixing the server alias. Win2003 Server is configured to encrypt all communication with its clients, so to be able to serve files to MacOS X users, the administrator should add two security options:

Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always) -> set to "Disabled"
Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (if client agrees) -> set to "Enabled"

and this will hopefully fix the issue.

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