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Mac - Connecting to Network Shares

This document details how to map network drives and how to automatically connect a share when you log in on MacOS.

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VPN - SafeConnect VPN Connection Instructions for macOS

Connecting to a Network Share
Automatically Connecting to a Share When You Log In

Connecting to a Network Share 

1. Open "Finder."

Screenshot of the Finder App on the Mac Taskbar

2. Select the "Go" menu in the upper left menu on the homescreen.

Screenshot of Selecting the Go Menu on Mac

3. Select "Connect To Server."

Screenshot of the Dropdown Menu under Go

4. In the following screen:

        1. Enter the share in this format smb:// (example: smb://$).

        2. Optional: Select the + button to add the share to your favorite servers. 

        3. Select "Connect."

Screenshot of Selecting Your Drives While Mapping Drives

Automatically Connecting to a Share When You Log In 

1. First connect to a network share as described in the section above: Connecting to a Network Share.

2. On the homescreen of the Mac:

        1. Select the Apple logo in the upper-left side of the screen.

        2. Select "System Preferences."

Screenshot of Apple Logo Menu

3. Open "Users & Groups."

Screenshot of Selecting Users and Groups in System Preferences

4. Select the "Login Items" button

Screenshot of Selecting Login Items in Groups and Users

5. Click and drag the network share icon from your desktop to the Login Items window

Screenshot of Adding the Shared Network Drive to Login Items

For a Personal Mac

We recommend that people use OneDrive either through the web browser or using the OneDrive sync app from the App Store.  If you're a faculty or staff using SafeConnect VPN, you can follow the instructions above for a University Mac on Campus.  

Keywordsmac, mapping, share, drives, drive, iMac, MacBook   Doc ID21333
OwnerZachary G.GroupUW Green Bay
Created2011-11-18 07:34 CSTUpdated2022-11-18 12:05 CST
SitesUW Green Bay
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