1 Enabling SMB sharing
- Once you have your Network settings configured to communicate with XBMC you need to enable Windows Sharing through System Preferences by:
- Navigating to the Sharing panel.
- On the left, under Service, select "File Sharing" and turn it On if it's not already enabled.
- Select "Options" and check "Share Files and Folders using SMB (Windows)" and
- Below, check the boxes of any accounts you want to give SMB access to then click Done.
- Windows Sharing should now show as "On" with a green light next to it. Add folders, users and permissions in the boxes below.
- A message will then be displayed at the base of the panel:
- Windows users can access your computer at \\x.x.x.x\youraccountsusername
- Enabled accounts: youraccountsusername
You have now enabled Windows Sharing on Mac OS X for the specific accounts you enabled in the Sharing panel. If you want to give public access (i.e. no password required) to shares you need to enable "Allow guests to connect to shared folders" for the Guest account in System Preferences under Accounts. Now you can configure this share by adding a media source in the XBMC GUI.
2 Mac OS X 10.7 and up
Apple changed their SMB/Samba server in Mac OS X 10.7 to only use the SMB 2.0 protocol (with no 1.0 fallback), which broke compatibility with XBMC until XBMC v12.1 came out. In other words, update to XBMC v12.1 or higher to regain SMB compatibility with OS X 10.7 (and up) SMB servers.
Users still using XBMC v11 can use a tool such as SMBUp to regain SMB access on OS X 10.7 (and up).