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This is one of those questions that has a million web sites explaining how simple it is, but for some reason I'm living in some edge case that is being difficult.

First the details:

Mac is running OSX 10.7.5, File Sharing is enabled, both AFP and SMB sharing are enabled, and both of the users that appear under SMB ("Administrator" and "Guest") are enabled for SMB sharing.

Both the Mac and the Windows machines are on a LAN where most user accounts come from a Network Account Server (OD).

From Windows, I try to connect to the shared drive on the Mac, and it asks me for a username/password, but nothing works. I've tried Admin/password, Administrator/password, Guest/password, and various combinations of my actual Windows login (crokkerb/password) which the OD server recognizes but the Mac apparently doesn't.

I am guessing that (1) even though I type in the correct username/password for the two accounts the Mac does know about ("Administrator" and "Guest"), somehow I can't gain access using those accounts, and (2) the Mac isn't populating the list of users (for SMB access) from the OD server.

Suggestions on what else I can try here?

p.s. Bonus points for a solution that lets me connect to this shared drive without having to type in any username/password.

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SuperUser? Or why is this about professional IT? – HopelessN00b Jun 9 '14 at 18:42
The ServerFault page says this is a "question and answer site for professional system and network administrators" so I assumed it was a good place to ask a network administration question ... was it not? – Betty Crokker Jun 9 '14 at 18:47
Well... that's what I'm asking... is this a professional network administration question, or a trying-to-share-files-across-my-home-LAN question? IF it's the former, more details on how the Mac interacts with the network accounts server would probably help. If it's the latter, you'll probably find better help on SuperUser. (Or maybe even AskDifferent.) – HopelessN00b Jun 9 '14 at 19:06
I am currently sitting in an office, being paid to do computery stuff, and while most of the time that means writing software, today's job is to figure out this file sharing. So ... does that count as professional? In the hopes that I do meet the criteria, I will proceed with answering your question, although I'm not sure I can provide much insight. The OD server is maintained at the corporate office in another state, all I can do is enable it in the "Users & Groups" preferences tab on the Mac. – Betty Crokker Jun 9 '14 at 19:34
Yes to both - I can SSH from a second Mac to the mac containing the folder-to-be-shared, using the credentials of the created-for-this-purpose user, and I can log in directly/locally using the same credentials. – Betty Crokker Jun 9 '14 at 21:35

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