ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, how do I connect to network servers or another computer on the network?

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In Mac OS X, you can connect to servers that use the AppleShare, SMB, WebDAV, and NFS protocols.

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Mac file sharing (AppleShare)

To connect to an AppleShare server:

  1. With the Finder active, from the Go menu, select Connect to Server.... Alternatively, with the Finder active, press Command-k.
  2. In the Connect to Server window that opens, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server. Click Connect.
  3. In the authentication window that appears, type your username and password for the server. If the volume has guest access, select Guest instead. Click Connect.
  4. Select the volume of the server and click OK.

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Windows file sharing (SMB)

Note: Because SMB traffic at Indiana University is filtered, you may not access campus SMB servers from off campus unless you are using VPN.

To connect to an SMB server:

  1. With the Finder active, from the Go menu, select Connect to Server.... Alternatively, with the Finder active, press Command-k.
  2. In the Connect to Server window that opens, next to the "Address:" field, type smb://, followed by the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server, a forward slash, and then the name of the shared volume (e.g., smb://bl-dept-server.ads.iu.edu/share).

    Note: Windows server administrators should have reverse DNS registration for Windows servers accessed by Mac or Unix systems.

  3. Click Connect.
  4. In the authentication window that appears, type your username and password for the server. You may also be asked to specify the domain where the server is located. For most servers at IU, use ADS. Click OK.

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WebDAV

To connect to a WebDAV server:

  1. With the Finder active, from the Go menu, select Connect to Server.... Alternatively, with the Finder active, press Command-k.
  2. In the Connect to Server window that opens, type the URL of the WebDAV shared volume (e.g., http://server.address/).
  3. Click Connect.
  4. In the authentication window that appears, type your username and password for the server, and then click OK.

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NFS

To connect to an NFS server:

  1. With the Finder active, from the Go menu, select Connect to Server.... Alternatively, with the Finder active, press Command-k.
  2. In the Connect to Server window that opens, next to the "Address:" field, type nfs://, followed by the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server, a forward slash, and then the path of the exported share (e.g., nfs://foo.com/home/u/jdoe).
  3. Click Connect.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 13:11:15.

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