Access your Home Directory or Adminfs from a Mac

A VPN connection (guide here) to the Departmental VPN (dept.vpn.gatech.edu) is required for the following instructions.

To access your home directory or adminfs from a Mac:

  • click the Finder icon in the Dock
  • under the "Go" menu, select Connect to Server...
  • to connect to your samba drive, in the "Connect to Server" window, type smb://ccsamba.cc.gatech.edu/<username> where <username> is your CC AD (Windows) username (i.e. smb://ccsamba.cc.gatech.edu/uwanna)

   (Note: To save the smb://ccsamba.cc.gatech.edu/... Server Address, click the "+"  icon)

  • for non-UNIX staff, to connect to your home directory, in the "Connect to Server" window, type smb://winhome.cc.gatech.edu/homedirs$/<username> where <username> is your CC AD (Windows) username (i.e. smb://winhome.cc.gatech.edu/homedirs$/uwanna).  Note:  This only works for 10.5 and above.

   (Note: To save the smb://winhome.cc.gatech.edu/... Server Address, click the "+"  icon)

  • to connect to adminfs, in the "Connect to Server" window, type smb://adminfs.cc.gatech.edu/<folder> where <folder> is the folder you normally work from (i.e. smb://adminfs.cc.gatech.edu/cns)

   (Note: To save the smb://adminfs.cc.gatech.edu/... Server Address, click the "+"  icon)

  • click Connect
  • in the "SMB/CIFS Shared Volume" window, click Authenticate
  • in the "SMB/CIFS Filesystem Authentication" window, type CC for Workgroup or Domain, your CoC account for Name and Windows password for Password. If you do not know your Windows password, please see this page for instructions on resetting it.
  • your directory will mount on your desktop

 

To make the directory auto-remount after a system reboot:

Because this method stores your domain credentials, you should only perform this if your Mac is password protected for logging in and waking from screensaver and sleep.  You'll also have to change your credentials in your keychain after a password change.  If you have to establish a VPN session to access your mapped drives, you should instead select an option under one of the headings below.

  • perform the steps above, clicking the checkbox Remember this password in my keychain when entering your credentials
  • enter System Preferences
  • click on Accounts and ensure your account is selected
  • click on Login Items
  • click on the + button to add another login item or drag and drop your mounted drives into the Login Items pane
  • locate the network drive you previously mounted and click Add
  • exit out of System Preferences

 

To make the directory remount with a click:

  • select Make Alias
  • when clicked after rebooting, you'll need to authenticate as described below

 

To make a shortcut in the Dock:

for 10.5 and newer

  • perform the steps under the first heading
  • drag the mapped drive icon from the window that opens to the dock
  • if the drive is not mounted when the shortcut is clicked, you will be prompted for your username and password

for 10.4 and older

  • open the Terminal application located in Applications/Utilities
  • at the prompt type your desired path (see the steps under the first heading) but DO NOT press ENTER
  • highlight the text smb://<path>
  • drag the text to your desktop and let go of your mouse button
  • find the icon on your desktop and drag it to your Documents folder
  • rename the icon to whatever you prefer (e.g. ccsamba)
  • drag the icon from your Documents folder to the right side of your Dock (where files and folders are saved)
  • click the icon in the dock
  • in the "SMB/CIFS Shared Volume" window, click "Authenticate"
  • in the "SMB/CIFS Filesystem Authentication" window, type CC for Workgroup or Domain, your CoC account for Name and Windows password for Password.
  • your directory will mount on your desktop