File Share

General Information

This article will detail how to set up a simple Mac file share for use within a Television Production classroom.

Note: File sharing between Macs works best when all Macs are on the latest Operating System.

Important Terms

  • Host Mac – The Mac where the file sharing folder resides. This can also be known as the “server.”
  • Client Mac – The Macs that will connect to the host Mac in order to send files to it.

On Host Mac (Server)

Create Folder

  1. On the host computer, navigate to where you want students to share files. An example could be on the Desktop.
  2. Navigate to File > New Folder.
  3. Name the folder something that is indicative of file sharing for your students. For example, “Completed Shows” or “Projects”.

Enable Guest Access

  1. Navigate to Apple > System Preferences….
  2. Click Users & Groups.
  3. At the bottom-left, click the padlock button.
  4. Input the local administrator’s username and password.
  5. Click Unlock.
  6. On the left, select Guest user.
  7. To the right, place a checkmark next to Allow guest users to connect to shared folders.
  8. At the top-left of the Users & Groups window, click the Back arrow.

Enable File Sharing

  1. Click Sharing.
  2. Place a checkmark next to File Sharing.
  3. Click on the text File Sharing to see its options.
  4. In the Shared Folders section, click + (plus).
  5. Navigate to the folder you created and select it.
  6. Click Add.

Adjust Permissions

Next to the Everyone user, select one of the following options:

  • Read & Write – Guest users to add, edit, or delete files from the share.
  • Read Only – Guest users will only be able to view items in the share and cannot add, edit, or delete items.
  • Read Only (Drop Box) – Guest users will only be able to add items to the share and will not be able to view, edit, or delete items.
  • No Access – Guest users will not be able to view, add, edit, or delete items.

Host Connection Information

In the File Sharing’s description area, make a note of the host Mac’s connection information. This will be in the form of smb:// and this will be the address used for client Macs to connect to the host file share.

On Client Macs

Connect to Host's Shared Folder

  1. On the client Mac, click on the Desktop to make sure Finder is active.
  2. Navigate to Go > Connect to Server....
  3. Input the host Mac’s connection information. This will be in the form of smb://
  4. Click Connect.
  5. If a dialog appears, click Connect.
  6. The share will appear on the user’s Desktop.