Mac OS X Server 10.5: Sharing Files the New Way

I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal

We’ve gotten a few questions from people asking how you’re supposed to setup share points for Leopard Server. It’s relatively simple but will require a little getting used to for those who are used to configuring sharing options in Workgroup Manager.

To view the shared folders on a system, open Server Admin and click on the name of the server in the SERVERS list. From here, click on the File Sharing button in the Server Admin toolbar and you will see a list of the logical volumes that your server can see along with a handy Disk Space image showing how full the various volumes are. At this point you can click on Share Points to see which folders are currently being shared over SMB, AFP, NFS or FTP. If you click on Volumes and then the Browse button then you will be able to configure new folders to become share points that you want others to get access to. Browse to the folder to be shared and then click on the share button in the upper Right hand corner below the tool bar.

Now you are looking at 3 tabs along the bottom of the screen: Share Point, Permissions and Quotas. From here, click on Share Point and review the options:
Enable AutoMount – provides options to setup an OD link to the volume
Enable Spotlight Searching – allow the volume to be searchable using Spotlight
Enable as TimeMachine Backup Destination – client computers can backup using Time Machine
Protocol Options – brings up the screen that allows SMB, AFP, NFS and FTP settings to be configured (looks very similar to the old screen in Workgroup Manager)

Once you have configured the options for your share point click over to the Permissions tab. Now you can configure who has access to shared data. From here, the main change is that the Users and Groups window is a floating window, with a new look and feel, but with the same overall feature set. The next major change is that ACLs are listed above POSIX permissions, and when you drag a user or group into the window you will see a blue line indicating that you can drop the object off into the screen and it will stay.

Finally, click on the Quotas tab and notice that when you enable quotas you cannot drag users and groups into this window. Only users with a home folder on the volume can be configured for quotas using Server Admin. If you would like to configure quotas otherwise you can do so at the command line.

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