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Page history last edited by Geof Duncan 5 years, 9 months ago

So, you want to connect your shiny new MacBook to the school server to access files from the Shared drive, huh? It's not too difficult. Just follow the steps below.


STEP 1: Get info about the school server


Open My Computer on a school desktop. You'll need to note the names of the share you want to connect to.


I want to connect to the "Shared" share on my school server (called 62-fs1). Unfortunately, OS X can't connect to computers by their Windows name i.e. 62-fs1. So, I'll need to find the IP address of the server. This can be done by using the command PING 62-fs1 on a windows desktop OR you can cheat. I looked at my schools ezprinters.csv file in the Apps share. This told me that my school server's IP address is


STEP 2: Connect to Server


Now, all I need to do is open Finder on my MacBook and use the Go menu to Connect to Server...


This brings up a Connect to Server window. Type in the letters smb:// before your IP address and name of the share you want to access. Hitting the + button saves your server to your Favorites so you can access them again. I've obviously used this before... ;)

STEP 3: Hints and Tips


A couple of quick notes: 

  • Long Windows shares don't translate well in OSX. I cannot get my full staff directory to load i.e. smb://
  • I like to make sure that my network shares show up on my desktop like a traditional flash drive or CD. Go into your Finder Preferences (Command+,) and be sure to check "Connected Servers" to have them appear on your desktop for easy access.



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