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Lesson 9. Accessing Network Services > Discovering File Services

Discovering File Services

Mac OS X automatically can find computers and other devices that offer services on the network. An application requests the names of available servers, which the operating system returns. The application, in turn, displays the list in a user-browsable format. This feature is known as service discovery.

One application that uses service discovery information is the Finder, which displays a list of computers you can connect to when you click Network in the Sidebar of a Finder window. You connect to a discovered resource by clicking Connect under the volume icon (in column view) or double-clicking the volume icon. You will be prompted to authenticate with a user name and password of an account on the file sharing server.


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