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How do I map a drive from my Apple computer to the network?

Direction on how to map a network drive on mac

In order to connect (map) network drives in Science Hall, you need to either
 1) be connected to an Ethernet cable within Science Hall (not WiFi) OR 2) be connected on WiFi using VPN (either inside or outside of the building)
If you aren’t connected to an Ethernet cable within the building, instructions for installing VPN can be found at

Make sure Finder is the current app running. This can be done by clicking anywhere on the Desktop OR clicking the Finder icon on your taskbar.
location of the Finder

Click on Go at the top of the screen and Connect to Server.

Finder Connect to Server

The Connect to Server message box appears. In the Server Address text box, type in the name of the path for the drive you would like to map. If you know the location of the drive that you would like to map, go ahead and type it in, otherwise use the different paths listed below. Once you have the typed path, click Connect.

Note: Be sure to type in smb:// before the name of the path name.

Connect to server window

Office shared folders:

Nelson: smb://

Geography: smb://

User home folders:

Nelson: smb:// users$/

Geography: smb:// users$/

History of Cartography: smb:// users$/

State Cartographer’s Office: smb:// users$/

Geography Research folder:


Web servers:

Nelson Web Server: smb://

Nelson Web Server (Faculty): smb://

Geography: smb://

You will probably see a loading screen telling you that you are connecting to the server.

Enter your SHC username and password, then click Connect.
Choose Registered User. Check Remember this password in my keychain if you want your password to be saved for later. 

server login window


Show mapped drives on the desktop:

  • After authentication, a window will open to the mapped drive. Make sure Finder is the current app running. Click on Finder | Preferences. The Finder Preferences window will show up. Put a check mark next to Connected Servers. An icon should now show up on your Desktop as a shortcut to your mapped drive.
Finder preferences

Open Mapped Drives on Login

  • Open System Preferences. This can be done by Clicking on the icon from your Dock, clicking the Apple symbol (on the top left corner of screen) and then clicking System Preferences. Click on Accounts. You are about to make changes to your System Preferences…
  • If the padlock is lockedclick it to prompt for your username and password so you can save your changes
  • If the padlock is unlocked, proceed onto the next step
  • Click on Login Items
  • Click on the + sign to add a mapped drive location
  • Choose the folder that you want your mapped drive to and click Add
  • Note: you may have to click the server on the left side of the screen in order to navigate to the mapped drive you need
  • Your mapped drive should now show up in the list of items that will automatically connect to when you login


  • Make sure you are connected to the internet through the Science Hall network (either through VPN or using an Ethernet cable from within the building)
  • Make sure the path is typed in correctly
  • Username and password have been typed in correctly
  • Make certain you have permission to access the requested server or share. If you are unsure, contact the helpdesk (

Keywords:drive, mapping, macos, os x   Doc ID:113881
Owner:Katja Z.Group:Department of Geography
Created:2021-09-23 14:36 CDTUpdated:2022-03-17 11:03 CDT
Sites:Department of Geography, Nelson Administrative Hub
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