File and Print Services for Macintosh (FSM)

Definition of File and Print Services for Macintosh (FSM) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is File and Print Services for Macintosh (FSM)?

The Microsoft Windows 2000 counterpart to Services for Macintosh on machines running Windows NT. File and Print Services for Macintosh (FSM) lets PC and Apple Macintosh clients share files and printers.

With FSM on a server running Windows 2000, Macintosh client machines need nothing more than the Macintosh operating system software installed to access resources on the server.

How it works

FSM integrates the following three services:

  • File Services for Macintosh:
    Also called MacFile, this service lets Macintosh clients access files stored on the server running Windows 2000. Use MacFile to specify a directory on an NTFS volume as a Macintosh-accessible volume.

     

  • Print Services for Macintosh:
    This service lets Macintosh clients print to printers connected to the server running Windows 2000 and spools print jobs for AppleTalk printers such as the LaserWriter.

     

  • AppleTalk protocol:
    This service can be installed on the server running Windows 2000 to enable it to function as an AppleTalk router.

     

Once FSM is installed on your server, you can make directories available as Macintosh volumes by using the Shared Folders node in the System Tools folder of the Computer Management tool.

NOTE

You can install an optional authentication module for Macintosh clients so that they can securely log on to Windows 2000–based servers running FSM.