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Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard by Glenn Fleishman

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Chapter 5. What You Need to Serve Files

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with file sharing, it's time to think about the hardware or hosting components necessary for file sharing. Any Mac running Jaguar through Leopard (or even older operating systems) can act as a file server; along with the server, you'll need a network connection, and the faster the better. But you may be better off putting your files on a file-sharing network drive or on an Internet-based host.

In this section, I first make recommendations for the best ways to set up a Macintosh or network drive as a file server. Then, I help you consider the best ways to network those devices to help any remote users access files via the Internet at a comfortable speed. ...

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