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OS X: Creating SMB shares

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posted this on Jun-25 2009 09:00 am

In order to share media between different computers on your network, and have it all accessed by your Boxee, you will need to define SMB shares. Server Message Block (SMB) is a network protocol which allows you to share folders and files from one machine to another.

Setting-up SMB shares on Tiger (OS/X 10.4)

To create an SMB share on a Mac Tiger machine, you will need to do the following:

  1. Download SharePoints at and install.
  2. Select the SMB Properties tab and make sure that the value in the Workgroup field is consistent with your local network workgroup name (the default and most common name is Workgroup).
  3. Select "Normal" Shares:
    1. Add a share name, and browse to the relevant directory you want to share under that name.
    2. Under the Directory field browse to the appropriate file.
    3. Select Shared (+) in the Windows (SMB) Shares drop list.
    4. Click on the Create New Share button.

Setting-up SMB shares on Leopard (OS/X 10.5)

To create an SMB share on a Mac Leopard machine, you will need to do the following:

  1. Open System Preferences and under Internet & Network choose Sharing.
  2. Click on File Sharing.
  3. Click on the + under the Shared Folders list and select the folder you would like to share.
  4. Select the new folder and set the permissions you would like each network member to have on the shared folder.
  5. Click on the Options button, and check the Share files and folders using SMB option.

Now that you've finished creating SMB shares, you should be able to see those new shares in the network sources list, during the setup of new sources.

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