I need to install something from a CD on my PC, but it doesn't have an optical drive. I have an optical drive on my Mac.
I have enabled "DVD or CD Sharing" from System Preferences:Sharing. However, when I browse to my Mac on the Network (e.g.
\\OSXHostName I don't see the optical drive show up.)
If I add the drive as a shared folder, then I can see it under (e.g.)
\\OSXHostName\OFFICE12 but when I double click on it, I get a dialog box telling me it "is not accessible. You might not have permssion to use this network resource..." But in file sharing everyone has at least read-only access.
I did find one trick mentioned, whereby one creates a symlink from the mounted optical drive to one's home directory, e.g.
ln -s /Volumes/OFFICE12 ~/OFFICE12. But when I do that it doesn't show up (it seems to be hidden) and if I try to manually enter the path into Windows Explorer it says "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action..."
I have no problem accessing the home folder on my Mac.
All the instructions I seem to find mention sharing an optical disk on a Windows PC to a Mac, or sharing an optical disk from one Mac to another. How do I share an optical disk from the Mac to Windows? I expected it to "just work".