Although it’s been a while since I’ve found a method to fixing the issue but a recent post on the students forum ict-blue (which I co-administered during my studies) popped this one of the stack of “tips and tricks”. What issue? The one where you can not connect your Mac to your Windows2003 server shares and get a “The alias could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found.” error message.
The scenario goes like this: you have a Windows 2003 server (with AD services) and have made some shares on it. You – evidently – have created some users with access to those shares. When you try to access the files from your Mac you open Finder, hit
smb://ip-op-your-server and hit
You then get a screen asking for login credentials, you enter them, hit
OK and then … you get a “The alias could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found.” error message. 🙁
And now? Google!
After having found myself lost (pun intended) on Google and having read lots of crappy solutions a problem description and solution was found over at Drew McLellan‘s site.
In a nutshell, the cause of the problem is the default security policy on Windows 2003 Server being set to always encrypt network connections under all circumstances. Whilst this is fine for most clients (especially Windows clients, understandably), the version of SMB that Panther uses doesnâ€™t support encrypted connections. Apparently this support exists in Samba 3, but not on the version OS X uses. The solution is to change the security policy to use encryption when itâ€™s available and not otherwise.
Administrative Tools, open
Domain Controller Security Settings.
- Go to
- Scroll down to find the entry
Microsoft network server: Digitally sign communications (always). Set this to
- The only thing left to do is to reload the security policy, as changes donâ€™t otherwise take effect for some time. Open up a command window and type:
Hope this one helps you out as much as it helped me out 😉
Hmm, this half works. The standard $drivename doesnt work.
you actually need to make shares…if anyone knows how I can reach the hidden drives, let me know!
@ astute: erm, that’s expected behavior. You cannot reach a share if no shares are made. The default shares are for the SYSTEM user only (if I’m not mistaken). No way you can get in (that’s hacking you know …)
I get this “fix alias” error, but I am trying to share from Samba v3 running on Linux. What is the setting I should change?
@Tim: don’t know, as this tip is for Windows 2003 Server … 😉
This also *partly* works for me. I can establish sharing from the mac but after a few days it fails again. I have to log in to the windows server and re-run gpupdate to re-enable sharing… very annoying personal proof of my wisdom to abandon windows everywhere except where absolutely necessary.
Thank you for this fix, was coming to the end of my tether.
FYI I’ve just used this to connect a Mac os X 10.4.11 client to the new SBS3003 server I installed.
The design department thanks you.
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