How to enable File Sharing Services

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Please refer to the How to share data locally using the Synology server as a File Server for further background information about this article.

This article will briefly cover how to enable the File Sharing abilities for computers running Apple's OS X 10.5 "Leopard", Microsoft's Windows XP or Windows Vista. For additional support for setting up a computer for File Sharing outside of this article, please consider consulting with a Computer/Network Technician or the Synology Community Forum.


How to Enable File Sharing services on OS X 10.5 "Leopard"

Step 1:

  • Open the System Preferences
  • Look at the Internet and Network category
  • Click on Sharing
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Step 2:

  • Enable File Sharing
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Step 3:

  • Open the System Preferences
  • Look at the Personal category
  • Click on Security
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Step 4:

  • Click on the Firewall
  • Make sure File Sharing is enabled on the list
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How to Enable File Sharing services on Windows XP

Step 1:

  • Go to Control Panel -> Network Connections -> Local Network Connections, Right Click and Click

Properties

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Step 2:

Make sure that following services, protocols are enabled and set up properly.
Note: Default configuration is recommended.

  • Minimum components
    • Client for Microsoft Networks
    • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
    • Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • Recommended services, if supported
    • QoS Packet Scheduler
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Step 3:

Open Windows Firewall from Control Panel

  • A. Make sure that the Firewall is Enabled and the Don't Allow Exceptions is Disabled unless the

computer is located within an unsecured network.

  • B. Click on the Exceptions Tab when finished
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Step 4:

  • Enable File and Printer Sharing on the Exception List.
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How to Enable File Sharing services on Windows Vista

Step 1:

  • Go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Connections
  • Click on View Status of the Local Area Connection
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Step 2:

  • Click on Properties
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Step 3:

Make sure that following services, protocols are enabled and set up properly.
Note: Default configuration is recommended.

  • Minimum Components
    • Client for Microsoft Networks
    • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
    • Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Recommended Services, if supported
    • QoS Packet Scheduler
    • Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
  • Vista Components
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
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Step 4:

After configuring the Local Connection Properties, proceed by

  • Enable File Sharing
  • Proceed to the Windows Firewall
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Step 5:

  • Click on Change Settings
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Step 6:

  • A. Make sure that the Firewall is Enabled and the Don't Allow Exceptions is Disabled unless the

computer is located within an unsecured network.

  • B. Click on the Exceptions Tab when finished
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Step 7:

  • Enable File and Printer Sharing on the Exception List.
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