Mac OS X Join a Windows Workgroup

Mac OS X has built-in capablities through Samba to play nicely with Windows networks. An early step to working seamlessly with a Windows workgroup is joining that network.

Open the Directory Access utility (under Applications -> Utilities).

If the window is locked (padlock closed on the lower left), click on the padlock to unlock it.

Select SMB, and click Configure…

Type in the name of the desired Windows workgroup in the Workgroup field, enter a WINS server (if appropriate), and click OK. Then click Apply.

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10 Responses to “Mac OS X Join a Windows Workgroup”

  1. November 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm, Rob said:

    This doesn’t seem to apply to Leopard. Any other ideas?


    • December 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm, Miro said:

      Hi Rob Try this..

      I seem to be able to see my flatmates XP laptop by going into
      system preferences/Network choose wireless or Ethernet or both/ choose advanced then select the ‘WINS’ option – then add the workgroup to the workgroup field.

      the only Prob I have is that I cant seem to see my MAC on the XP Laptop?? I’m still quite new to OS X so I’m still learning the Basics…


      • July 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm, Jontap said:

        hi Miro, I saw this comment and had to reply! Go to system settings then to “sharing” and enable file sharing….That’s it your done :)


      • July 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm, Jontap said:

        oh ya and then click the “options” button and enable “afp” and “smb”


        • August 13, 2010 at 8:05 am, Rht said:

          I need help too please.. i dont have the “options” button there. I have os x 10.4.11 and im pretty sure i have changed correct settings, they just dont see eachother


          • August 13, 2010 at 8:06 am, Rht said:

            OS X Tiger i have

  2. March 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm, Hunter said:

    So discriptive! Worked like a charm! Thank you so much! Now my business can run more smoothly.


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