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I have folder to be shared on Window Server 2008.

If I disable the firewall then the Mac can see the folder. When I enable the firewall the Mac can no longer connect.

Which rules do I have to create in the firewall to allow access to the shares?

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  1. Go to the firewall settings in the Windows Control Panel
  2. Click "Allow Program through Windows Firewall"
  3. Tick the box for "File and Printer Sharing"


As you mention in your comment you may also need let through other services that provide authentication/authorization/discovery... for file sharing if you are not just using basic Windows file sharing.

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thanks buddy , By turning on just file services didn't worked i also added network discovery and netlogon as well and then it worked thanks for the idea – John Apr 19 '10 at 6:13

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