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Mapping to a Network Drive - How do I do this on a Mac?

Mapping to a Network Drive - How do I do this on a Mac?

Adding the network drive to Finder

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the campus network.  If you are on campus, you will need to connect to CampusNet wireless or use a network cable.  If you are off campus, you will need to connect to Campus Anywhere webVPN unless you are going to use WebDAV, below.
  2. Switch to the Finder program by clicking its icon or clicking on the desktop
  3. From the Go menu select Connect to server...
  4. In the Server Address box you need to enter smb: followed by the network path of the drive with each backslash \ changed to forward slash /.  For example, \\mydata.rhul.ac.uk\home becomes smb://mydata.rhul.ac.uk/home.  The addresses for the most common Royal Holloway network drives are:
    • Y: smb://mydata.rhul.ac.uk/home
    • N: smb://ourdata.rhul.ac.uk/departments
    • M: smb://ourdata.rhul.ac.uk/workinggroups
    • W: smb://myweb.rhul.ac.uk/home_pages
    • WebDAV: All the above without a campus connection: https://webdav.rhul.ac.uk/
  5. So you do not need to remember and type this every time, click (+) to add the drive to the favourites list
  6. Click Connect to connect the drive
  7. Finally, enter your college username (in the format ZYXW321) and password.

The network drive should open, and be visible in Finder, Open file, and Save file windows until the Mac is restarted.

Automatically mapping the network drive on login

  1. Open the network drive in Finder and leave this open for the moment
  2. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu in the top-left, and select Users & Groups
  3. Select your Mac login name from the list and click the Login Items tab
  4. Drag the network drive from the left pane of the Finder window into the login items list
  5. Tick the Hide box so the window(s) won't pop up every time you restart.

Ensure that your computer is connected to the college network when setting up drive mapping and subsequently when accessing the drives, whether via CampusAnywhereVPN off campus, CampusNet or a wired network connection on campus.  The only exception is when using the WebDAV connection, which can be used both on and off the campus network.



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