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How to map a network drive (Mac OS X)

This instruction outlines how to map a Deakin network share drive, including your own Deakin home directory. You need to have the correct permission granted to the access the network share drive before attempting this instruction.

You do not need to map your home directory when using a Deakin workstation on campus. It will map automatically.
You need to be connected to the Deakin network before you undertake the following steps from a home computer.
  1. Get the network address of the network share drive you wish to map – If mapping your home directory, please see What is my home directory?
  2. In the Finder menu, select Go > Connect to Server.

    the finder menu
  3. Enter the network(Server) address, then click Connect.

    connect to server window
  4. Enter your Deakin Username (as du\username) and Password when prompted. Click Connect.

    the username and password window
  5. The mapped drive will now appear on your Desktop, and is ready to use.

    the mapped drive icon

The mapped drive is not showing on my Desktop?

  1. Open Finder Preferences and ensure Connected Servers is checked.

    finder preferences window showing connected servers option

I get an error when connecting to a share from

If you are connecting to a share that has been migrated to the namespace and you get the below error, double check the path you have entered.

If you are trying to connect directly to a sub folder (for example smb://, instead try connecting to the top level of the share, e.g. smb:// and navigating to the sub folder once the share opens.

If you need to connect directly to the sub folder from a Mac, you should use the alternate server name which is based on the share name:

Normal Path: smb://
Alternate Path: smb://

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