My goal is to share files on Machine A (my MacBook Pro running Big Sur version 11.2.3) with other Macs on my home network. My understanding is that I must/should do this via SMB, but if it's possible/preferred to do using AFP or some other Finder-accessible approach (as opposed to command-line tools like scp), I'm open to suggestions.
At this point, I can't even access the files via SMB from Machine A itself.
Here are the variations I've tried so far to set up sharing. Use the Sharing pane in System Preferences to:
- Simply turn File Sharing on with nothing listed under Shared Folders and no accounts checked under Options...->Windows File Sharing
- Turn File Sharing on with a single folder owned by an admin account listed under Shared Folders (with 644 permissions selected) but no accounts checked for Windows File Sharing
- Turn File Sharing on with nothing listed under Shared Folders and an admin account checked for Windows File Sharing
- Turn File Sharing on with a single folder owned by an admin account listed under Shared Folders (with 644 permissions selected) and an admin account checked for Windows File Sharing
Here's what I've tried so far on the client side:
- In the Finder, use Cmd-K (Connect to Server) to connect to
[Machine]is 127.0.0.1, an IP address for Machine A, localhost, the name of Machine A, or the name of Machine A with ".local" appended.
- I am never prompted to enter a password.
- This results in an error dialog with the message "There was a problem connecting to the server ... The server may not exist or it is unavailable at this time. Check the server name or IP address, check your network connection, and then try again."
- In Terminal, run
mount_smbfs //[Machine]/[ShareName]/ /Volumes/[NameOfEmptyFolder]or
mount -t smbfs '//[Machine]/[ShareName]' /Volumes/[NameOfEmptyFolder].
- I am prompted to enter a password in each case.
- This results in the error message
mount_smbfs: server rejected the connection: Authentication error(and also
mount: //Machine]/[ShareName] failed with 77in the case of the
I've even tried rebooting once and repeating all of the variations above, with the same results. I've gotten file sharing to work on this computer in the past, but this is my first time in quite a few months I've needed to do that again. Upgrading to Big Sur is the most obvious difference from before, but there are probably other differences I'm not thinking of.
Does anyone have suggestions for how I can get file sharing to work?