SharedDrive (Mac) - Connecting to Windows Servers

This document details how to connect to the DoIT SharedDrive service from a Mac.

Mapping Network Drives to Windows Servers Using SMB File Protocol

Note 1: Apple has ended official support for the AFP protocol in 2013. SMB is now the default protocol in OSX and DoIT requires users to connect via the SMB protocol.

Note 2: To access servers in the AD.WISC.EDU Domain, the user's IP address must be allowed past campus firewalls. For UW-Madison users, if your computer is not plugged in via network cable to an approved network, you will need to procure a VPN connection before proceeding. See WiscVPN (Mac) - Downloading and Installing the WiscVPN AnyConnect Client for details.

With those disclaimers out of the way, proceed as follows.

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go > Connect to Server.
  3. Enter the appropriate server address  then click Connect. If you do not know the correct server address for your department, contact your local IT support or contact the DoIT  helpdesk for assistance.
    • Example: smb://
    • Note: If asked, click "registered user" instead of "guest"
  4. When prompted for User Name and Password enter:
    • User: Your NetID
    • Password: Your NetID password

Connecting to Windows Servers Using Legacy Versions Mac OS X (like 10.5)

Note 3: There is a bug in the Mac OS X 10.5 SMB client that does not allow connections to Windows Server 2008 cluster volumes. Apple does not plan to fix this bug so the option for users running OSX 10.5 is to upgrade to the latest version of Mac OS X. Older versions of Mac may connect, but DoIT supports the latest version. If you are having issues, please consider upgrading to the latest version of Mac OS X.

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OwnerKevin K.GroupSystems Engineering
Created2012-03-27 08:16 CSTUpdated2021-09-21 15:01 CST
SitesDoIT Help Desk, DoIT Staff, Systems Engineering
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