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Chapter 8. Networking > Accessing Network Disks

8.2. Accessing Network Disks

Mac OS X gives you a number of ways to connect to a remote filesystem (or a segment of one) using the Finder, an Open or Save dialog box, of even from the command line. The remote system need not run under Mac OS; you can, for example, use SMB to connect to Windows machines, and NFS to access filesystems on Unix computers.[1]

[1] On the other hand, Mac OS X isn't unique in offering cross-platform file-sharing options, so it's quite possible to find yourself connecting to Unix machines via SMB, for example.

8.2.1. Browsing Network File Servers

Mac OS X allows you to browse local network fileservers that use any of the supported service discovery protocols: Rendezvous, AppleTalk, SLP, and SMB. To configure the service discovery function of these protocols on your Mac, use the Directory Access application, found in /Applications/Utilities. Note that turning off a protocol in Directory Access doesn't keep you from connecting to and using a server if you already know its name; it only prevents you from discovering the server using that protocol.


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