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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.

Related KBs:

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 

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

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

6. 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. Open System Preferences from the Apple 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.  

Keywords:map mapping share drives drive iMac MacBook Mac   Doc ID:21333
Owner:Zach G.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2011-11-18 08:34 CDTUpdated:2021-09-20 13:17 CDT
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