The Halo Effect

I took the plunge today and bought the Mac I’ve been wanting ever since Tiger was released. It’s a 12″ Combo-drive Powerbook; when closed, it’s small enough to hide under an A4 sheet. Oddly enough, it weighs the same as my old 14″ Dell.
It’s been a pretty good experience so far. I’ve moved my iTunes library, and I’m now looking for a decent Mac RSS reader. is picking up all my mail; I can access my shared files on my Windows server (after a bit of work), and Remote Desktop is installed so I can remotely run Outlook on my desktop.
Read on for the one problem I ran into; watch this space for more notes.

I ran into one hitch, though, which will be recorded here for Google posterity.
I couldn’t connect my Mac to my Windows 2003 domain controller and file server. It turns out that the problem is because SMB signing is now enabled by default on Windows 2003 domain controllers, and the version of Samba that ships with Macs can’t cope with SMB signing. The fix:

  1. On your Win2K3 server, edit the Group Policy key Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Microsoft Network Server: Digitally Sign Communications (always) to be Disabled;
  2. Jump into the registry and set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters\RequireSecuritySignature to 0 (zero)

Now, try reconnecting to the server from your Mac; it should work without needing any reboots.

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3 Responses to The Halo Effect

  1. Andrew Ross says:

    No fair! I’m still waiting for my CTO Powerbook 15″ to arrive – might have something to do with the upgrades (1GB RAM and 128MB VRAM), though :-)
    Are you syncing to your Razr V3 yet (gives new meaning to “Hello Moto”)?

  2. Josh says:

    That’s next on my list of things to do. My mail quibbles are solved now that Entourage is up and running; other than that, the only other thing I’m looking for is a decent freeware RSS reader.
    The RAM upgrade shouldn’t take too long – they did mine in the shop in 20 minutes flat. Maybe it’s something to do with switching the video card?

  3. Si says:

    Pictures! Pictures! We wants to see some snaps of your new preciousssess…

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