How do I setup file sharing across multiple macs, such that I can share by connecting with my Apple ID, as opposed to a username/password?

I've searched the net for documentation on doing this, and have the hang of it using username/password, but not using Apple ID. The situation:

I have two Macs, both running OS X Lion, one with Server (I'll call that one the server, and the other the client).

From the client, in Finder, I see the server. I click on it, and then click on 'Connect As...'. A dialog appears, prompting me to connect using either a Registered User, or Using an Apple ID. I select 'Using an Apple ID', and in the dropdown box below, select my Apple ID. I click 'Connect' and the dialog shakes back and forth (I presume indicating 'no'), and does nothing.

Both computers have a single user, which is associated with my Apple ID.


Set up iCloud on both computers, that's what its intended to do.

Go to

System Preferences... iCloud 

Alternatively, use either Dropbox or Google Drive. Personally I prefer Dropbox, but they're all pretty much of a muchness.

  • You're suggesting alternative ways of sharing files - not answering the question. iCloud does not affect 'Connect As...' functionality. Your answer is not helpful. – David Smith Jan 21 '13 at 12:13
  • Simmer down - I'm not trying to be rude. Your answer does not address the question I asked. I need users to be able to access several terabytes of data on a local server - iCloud does NOT do that, and storing data in the cloud in general is not an option for several reasons, including cost and speed. – David Smith Jan 21 '13 at 12:32
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    My bad. I misread your intent. I did some searching, and found little on this problem, except for one person who had a similar issue and was told by three different Apple support people that the feature is not supported. See here: forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1429429 – applehelpwriter Jan 21 '13 at 12:48

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