Using SMB to Mount to Active Directory (Staff Only)

SMB allows you to mount a remote volume on to the Mac OS desktop. This enables you to drag and drop files, as you normally would, to/from your computer to/from Active Directory.

To mount your Active Directory files and folders:

1. From the Go menu, select CONNECT TO SERVER.

smb mount connect server

2. For shared drives, enter smb:// and click “Connect”. (Note: xxx is your container name. For example for the IST container). NOTE: If you do not know your container name, contact your Departmental IT Tech.

For your home drive, enter smb:// and click “Connect”.

Note: With Active Directory you have to make a separate connection for your home drive.

3. When prompted, enter your username and password. Check the “Remember this password in my keychain” box and click “Connect”.
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You should have access to all of your network drives. You should also have a new icon on your desktop, providing easy access to your Active Directory drives. (If you do not see this icon, open Finder and click “Finder” then “Preferences”. Check the box “Hard Disks”. Close the window.)

How to add your Active Directory drives to startup.

1.    Open the Finder and on the left select “Devices”. Select your computer. You will now see your shared and home drives. 
2.    Click the Apple Icon and open “System Preferences”. Open “Users & Groups”.
3.    At the top click on “Login Items”.
4.    Drag the windows side by side so you can see them both at the same time. You will want to drag your home drive (it will be called your umnetid) to the list of login items. Then drag your shared drive to the list of login items. You will now see your home and shared drives listed.
5.    Click the check box to the left of the names to have it load automatically in the background.
6.    Close the Settings and Finder windows.

The next time you restart your computer, it will automatically connect to your home and shared drives.


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