Information Technology

Mounting Servers in OS X

  1. In the Finder, click Go and select Connect to Server…
  2. Type the path to the server resource you need to access and click Connect
    1. For example, to access a departmental share on BUfiles, enter "smb://bufiles/Group/foldername" (without quotes, substitute the proper folder name, path is cAsE sEnSiTiVe) into the "Server Address" field:
    2. To access your personal folder on BUfiles, enter "smb://bufiles/User/username" (without quotes, substitute your username, path is cAsE sEnSiTiVe) into the "Server Address" field:
    3. To access items that reside on a Windows server, be sure to preface the server address with "smb://". For example, to access a share on Thomas, you would enter "smb://Thomas/sharename" (without quotes, substitute the proper share name) into the "Server Address" field:
  3. The authentication dialog will appear. Enter your Butler username and password, and then Connect
  4. The share will be mounted in the Finder. The share will appear in different ways depending on which server you are accessing
    1. If you are accessing an item on BUfiles, you will see a generic share (such as "User" or "Group") on your desktop: The folder or user name that you entered in the "Server Address" field will open in the Finder, allowing you to access your files (please note that if you accidentally close this window, you can quickly access it again by opening the "Go" menu in the finder and choosing it from the list of Recent Folders. This is preferable to opening the top-level share, which could result in a delay as the finder displays the entire folder list.
    2. If you are accessing an item on a Windows server, the share that you specified in the server address field will appear on your desktop. The share name that you specified will also open in the finder, allowing you to access your files

You now should be able to access servers at Butler. If you have any further questions, please contact the Help Desk.