JSI Tip 8124. Apple Macintosh computers report an 'unexpected error occurred' when attempting to use Windows network resources?

When running Mac OS X (10.2.x), or later, or Mac OS X Jaguar (10.2.x), you receive an error similar to the following when trying to connect to a Windows local network resource:

Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred (Error code -50).

When you use a fully qualified domain name with a .local extension, the MAC OS thinks the resource is a Rendezvous host.

NOTE Rendezvous is an Apple networking technology. You should avoid using a .local extension if you have MAC clients.

To cause the MAC OS to use DNS in addition to Rendezvous, see the following articles:

See Mac OS X 10.3: How to Look Up ".local" Hostnames via Both Rendezvous and Standard DNS.

NOTE: The above procedure will only work with Active Directory namespaces, that use the .local extension, if you update Mac OS X 10.3.2 or earlier to Mac OS X 10.3.3.

See Mac OS X: Updating your software.

See Rendezvous.

See Mac OS X 10.2: About Multicast DNS.

See Multicast DNS.

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