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Reader says OS X 10.8.2 will not connect to Windows shares

Monday, December 3, 2012

Delarado can't connect to Windows SMB file servers and clients from the Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Finder. He gets a permissions error. He can, however, connect using Terminal to type a mount command. He posted his report in the MacWindows forums. We post it here as well:

I've been trying for a while now and I cannot get my MBA to connect to ANY SMB Share through the GUI.

I can get it to work through the terminal using something like:

mount_smbfs //COMPUTERNAME;USERNAME':PASSWORD@x.x.x.x/Shared SMB_Mount

This successfully mounts and shows in my finder. Note the single quotes. It WILL NOT work without these, although I can't find the usage of them listed in any documentation for the mount_smbfs command. In the case above I'm using my own, non domain MBA to connect to a windows 2008 server that is a member of a windows 2003 domain controller domain; Although I am using a local administrator account to authenticate with said 2008 server.

However, if I try and mount through the GUI using CMD+K, it just will not work. I have tried:

smb://'COMPUTERNAME;USERNAME':PASSWORD@x.x.x.x/Shared

Brings up a window saying enter your username and password for the server. It already has the correct computername\username filled in in the username box. I put the password in, hit ok and either the box just shakes, or it says:

"There was a problem connecting to x.x.x.x, you do not have permission to access this server"

smb://COMPUTERNAME;USERNAME:PASSWORD@x.x.x.x/Shared (As above without quotes)

"There was a problem connecting to x.x.x.x, you do not have permission to access this server"

smb://x.x.x.x/Shared

Brings up a window saying enter your username and password for the server. I put the username and password in, hit ok and either the box just shakes, or it says:

"There was a problem connecting to x.x.x.x, you do not have permission to access this server" smb://x.x.x.x/

Brings up a list of available shares on the server. I select one. Brings up a window saying enter your username and password for the server. I put the username and password in, hit ok and either the box just shakes, or it says: "There was a problem connecting to x.x.x.x, you do not have permission to access this server"

Is there a bug with OSX and SMB shares? I Cannot get it to open ANY SMB share on any machine. I've tried windows 7, windows 2003, windows 2008 and windows XP. I Always get the same result. "You do not have permission to access this server" regardless of what authentication credentials I put in. I've tried using domain accounts, local accounts, specifying domains, computer names, forward slashes, backslashes, escaping backslashes with forward slashes and vice versa; I just cant get it to work. Ever.

The MBA even sometimes detects SMB shares in the finder, but when I click on them it just will not work. No matter what I put in the "connect as"

Ive been searching for some time on this and found all sorts of posts about various problems with SMB sharing, but none that seem to directly relate to my issue. Most of it seems to be about accessing SMB shares on a mac server thats part of a W2k8 domain, or other, slightly different issues. I've found nothing yet that seems to just be someone having issue with SMB shares not working full stop, across any operating systems.

One thing I haven't tried is mapping an SMB share to my ubuntu VM, this may be worth a try for interests sake - but I still want to be able to open an SMB share through the finder like I should be able to!

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