Creating a share in 10.5 and connecting  with XP or Vista - My Experience

Here was my situation.
Client has a machine now running 10.5 on it that is sharing an external drive on the network for other mac users in the office to use as well as 3 Windows machines. I tested with an xp machine as well as a vista machine.
The problem I was facing was that I had to set up the windows machines to be able to access the shared drive on the machine running 10.5. On 10.4 this was done with sharepoints, which breaks in 10.5. Luckily, Apple incorporated a lot of sharepoints functions into 10.5.
First I had to create a Standard or Admin user for each unique user that will be connecting to the share, on the machine that the external drive is connected to. You have the option of creating a "share only" user, but that seems to only be for mac sharing because those accounts do not show up as available when you enable accounts to access the SMB.
Once I had the new accounts made, I had to go to "Sharing" in the System Preferences and click on "File Sharing". When selected you see "Shared Folders" and "Users" panes. I clicked the + symbol and pointed it to the shared drive, since one of the accounts will have access to the whole drive. In the user pane I clicked the + and added the user I created for that access.
Note at this point. If you use the same username and password of the user account in windows (case sensitive I believe) you will not have to specify a special username and password for access to the share. I did this with the first machine with complete access because he was the owner of the share.
So after I gave that user access to the whole drive he was able to find the 10.5 machine on the network and connect to the share without prompt of a password.
I then tried to set up the other two users who were not on the same subnet so they had to use "map network drive" on their PCs.
Again I added the target folder that they would have access to on the shared drive. I added their user as having permission to access it. But when I went to map the network drive, it could see the folder if I entered \\ip.add.res.s\foldername and clicked "browse" but when I tried to add it, the system said it was not found. I also made sure to click "change user name" and entered the username and password for the account with access to the folder.
So after tinkering a while I finally found that you must add the users to the main share drive list of users, even if they are set to "read only (dropbox)" or else they will not be able to access the subfolder assigned to them. It also did not make a difference if I removed the share drive completely and added just the subfolders and users individually.
I hope this might help somone out there who might be having a similar issue with getting xp or vista to use shared folders in 10.5.

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