Lync for Mac 2011 is now RTM

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.09.2011 at 13:30

Mac users will soon have a Lync client,  starting October 2011. . From the updated contact cards to the ability to set up Lync conferences from Outlook 2011 for Mac to enterprise voice features, Lync for Mac 2011 offers Mac users integrated functionality for presence, instant messaging, conferencing and voice and is designed to work with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online.

Lync for Mac 2011 is available to customers as a part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU or through many of Microsoft’s Licensing programs. Customers can also purchase the application as a standalone volume licensing SKU.

Using Windows File Servers with Macintosh clients

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.05.2009 at 18:11

This article used to exist on before it was taken down in May 2009.

This article gives helpful hints on how to successfully interoperate Windows Server with Mac clients. Areas covered are:

  • Accessing Windows File Server from Macintosh
  • Using Windows DHCP Server with Macintosh clients
  • Using Windows DNS with Macintosh clients
  • Additional tips for Macintosh (How to Ping, NSLOOKUP, etc)


Many organizations such mainly media and advertising agencies have a mixed environment containing Windows and Macintosh machines. This article explains some of common tasks required when operating Macintosh clients in a Windows Server environment.

Making Windows file shares accessible to Macintosh users

Step 1. Configure the Windows file server

  1. Create the folder on the file server
  1. Right-click My Computer, choose Manage.
  1. On the left pane, expand System Tools > Shared Folders
  1. Right Click Shared Folders choose Configure File Server for Macintosh.
  1. On the Configuration tab, under Security, select “Apple ClearText or Microsoft” under Authentication.
  1. If you would like to allow Macs to save the password, put a check mark next to Allow workstations to save password.
  1. You can also specify a logon message for connected Mac users if required.
  1. On the left pane, expand System Tools > Shared Folders > Shares
  1. Right Click on Shares and choose New > Share.
  1. Click Next on the welcome screen.


  1. Put a check mark next to Apple Macintosh users. Click Next.
  1. On the next screen, choose Use custom share and folder permissions and click Customize.


  1. Click on the security tab and add users whom you want to give access.
  1. For read-only access Allow only Read & Execute, List folder contents, Read privileges. For full access, click Modify and Write also.


  1. Click Next and then click Close.


16. In Computer Management, see that a new MACINTOSH share for your folder has been created. Right click the MACINTOSH share for your folder and select Properties.

17. Under SFM Volume Security, Remove the check mark next to This Volume is read-only.


  1. Click OK.

Step 2. Configure the Macintosh client

  1. Goto Apple > Chooser
  1. Click AppleShare. Click Server IP Address.
  1. Enter IP address of file server.
  1. Click Connect.
  1. Choose Registered user and enter domain username and password. Click Connect.
  1. Select the folder that you shared on the file server and click Connect. You can also save the password to keychain before clicking connect.
  1. The icon for the shared location will appear on the desktop.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DHCP (Mac OS X)

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP
  1. Select obtain IP addresses through DHCP
  1. Close the window. Click Save when prompted.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DHCP (Mac OS 10.x/TIGER)

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > Networks
  1. Select the Network interface connected to the LAN
  1. Select TCP/IP.
  1. Choose DHCP.

Enabling Macintosh clients to use Windows DNS

  1. Go to Apple > Control Panel > TCP/IP (for Mac OS 10.x, choose Networks > TCP/IP)
  1. Under Name Servers, specify your DNS Server IP address.
  1. You can also specify your domain name suffix under Search Domains.
  1. On your Windows DNS Server, allow both secure & non-secure updates.

Additional Tips

  • For Mac OS 10.x, you can use “ping” command (without quotes) from the Terminal. (Go > Applications > Terminal)

  • For Mac OS 10.x, you can use the “dig” (without quotes) to see the name servers that are being used. In the last four lines of the output, you will see the IP address of the primary DNS server mentioned on a line starting with the word SERVER