Connecting to network storage (MacOSX 10.5.x Leopard and above)

The instructions below show how to connect to network storage from Macintosh computers running MacOSX 10.5.x Leopard and above.

  1. Verify that the Mac Finder is active. An easy way to do this is to click the Finder icon in the Dock:
    Mac Finder Icon

  2. Select "Connect to Server..." from the Finder's "Go" menu:
    Connect to Server Menu Item

  3. In the "Connect to Server" dialog box, type the network location you want to access. For individual network storage, type smb://iac.nas.gatech.edu/username. In this example, the user is named iac-testuser; your username is your GT Account, which is the username used to log into GT email (example: gburdell3). For shared network locations, type the name of the share, e.g. smb://iac.nas.gatech.edu/iac-common or smb://iac.nas.gatech.edu/lcc-common or any of the other share names. (You may want to click the 'plus' icon to save the network location under 'Favorite Servers' to avoid future typing -- see red arrow.)
    connect

  4. You will be prompted for logon information. Use your standard GT Account --- e.g., gburdell3 -- and password. You may want to click 'Remember this password in my keychain' to have the Mac remember your password for future connections.
    authentication

  5. After clicking 'OK', your network storage will be mounted and a window will be displayed with its contents:
    connected

  6. In previous versions of MacOSX, a mounted network volume would appear on the desktop. If you want to preserve this behavior in Leopard, you can change the Finder preferences to do so. First, choose 'Preferences' from the 'Finder' menu
    Finder Preferences Menu Option
    Next, under the 'General' tab in the section 'Show these items on the Desktop', check the checkbox labeled 'Connected Servers' (see blue arrow):
    Connected Servers Preference Option
    If you choose to make this change, you'll see an icon on your desktop for the storage:
    Mounted Icon on Desktop

  7. For easy access, you may want to create an "alias" for your network storage. This allows you simply to double-click the alias to connect, rather than going through the steps above. To create an alias, highlight your network disk on the desktop and then choose 'Make Alias' from the 'File' menu. The alias will appear on the desktop:
    Mount Alias Icon on Desktop

  8. To disconnect from network storage, click the 'eject' button next to its name in a Finder window -- see red arrow:
    disconnect