User experience, web, technology

OS 10.4.2 does not connect to Win 2000 server

As noted in the prior post, I had no problem connecting to a Windows 2000 Server shared volume with Active Directory authentication using Mac OS 10.2.8.

When I tried doing the exact same process on Mac OS 10.4.2, I got a -36 error. Basically, it doesn’t work.

So, there is some sort of conflict with how the OS connects, but it was able to connect when inside the firewall for the server.

I’m not sure what to make of it at this point.


Was able to connect with OS 10.2.8 to Win 2000 server using Active Directory authentication (Troubleshooting, continued)

I tried on my old standby Mac at home (an old G3 Blue and White running OS 10.2.8). I had to first connect to the MSU Virtual Private Network, but once I logged on to the VPN, I was able to Connect to Server and mount the volume I’ve been after.

Now, to see if I can do the same with OS 10.4.2.

User experience, web, technology

Troubleshooting OS 10.4 connection to Windows share using Active Directory authentication

I’m trying to mount a shared volume on the Mac OS 10.4 laptop I use at MSU. The shared volume is on a Windows server and it uses Active Directory to authenticate user names and passwords in the domain.

I have all the right information (server address, share name, user name, password), and I have successfully mounted the network drive on a Windows XP system.

On the Mac, I go to Go->Connect to Server, and I type in the smb://server.address/sharename and click the Connect button. I am then prompted for a domain, user name, and a password. I enter all the information in the appropriate boxes, and proceed to get an error: Error Code -36.

I’d write in the text of the error message, but I think I’ve tried logging in too many times so my account seems frozen.

I tried connecting through a VPN. No luck. I tried using CFIS protocol instead of SMB. No luck.

I just tried the command line smbclient and made some progress, but I’m really out of my element here.


Coming soon? Dual-boot, Mac & Win

So all this talk about Apple moving its OS to x86 processors makes me think that at some point down the road, we’ll be able to buy a system from Apple (because they won’t officially permit the OS to run on just any computer – not that hacks aren’t already running) that has OS 10.5 or whatever on it, and then buy a version of MS Windows (Vista?) and install it as well.

Then when we fire up the machine, we can choose to load either Win or Mac OS. And, maybe the Mac OS will be able to just boot up Win natively. Hm.

Virtual PC will become extinct?


MS Win XP buggin out again

Well, my other computer is back in the corner spinning it’s little Microsoft Windows XP startup routine. It’s been trying to start up for about half an hour now. I got it to get past this little cycle, but then the monitor went to black and never came back.

When I left it five hours ago, it was fine. I just came down and it the screen was black. I thought it was just snoozing, but it didn’t respond. Eventually I forced a restart and I realize now it is fritzed.

It was bound to happen. It could be at a worse time, like when I was actually in the middle of using it….Trying to look on the bright side.

Of course, my Mac is still working fine. Slow, but it was built back in 1999, so I give it some slack. At times like this, I’m really glad to be a Mac user.


How can anything like “Microsoft patches holes in Windows” be worthy of being a top story

Okay, so lately (alright, the last seven years or so) I’ve had my issues with Microsoft Windows, but’s news service has a headline titled, “Microsoft patches holes in Windows.”

My question is, how is that news? As though that process has ever stopped. Here’s a headline that would be worth posting, “Microsoft releases hole-free version of Windows. Stop laughing, we’re serious.”

Regardless, here’s my latest gripe. I work on web sites. One of my clients has their web site hosted by a shop full of rabid Microsoft lovers. Now, they are dealing with some fairly sensitive data, though not so much on my client’s project. The problem is that this group seems to have assumed that everyone is on their network and is using a Windows machine with an OS of at least 2000.

In order to edit the web site files, I need to mount the web directory as a network drive on my Windows computer (Yes, I have one. It sits in the corner.). They have turned off FTP access. They have turned off access for any system other than Windows. And, Windows 98 or earlier doesn’t seem to be able to play their game either.

Can work get done? Well, yes. Have they made it unpleasant, inconvenient, and stress-promoting? Well, yes.