Using File Servers - Macintosh

This page has specific instructions for connecting to and using file servers in the Macintosh OSX operating system. You may be looking for Windows instructions, or our description of Middfiles.

Connecting to a File Server Using a Mac

  1. Connect to the campus network on the fastest network available (preferably an Ethernet jack, or at least secure wireless.) If you are off-campus, you will have to connect to VPN before continuing.
  2. Open the Finder by clicking on the desktop.
  3. From the Go menu select Connect to Server. The Connect to Server dialog box will appear.
  4. In the Server Address field type the following: cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles
  5. Click the + button to add the address to your "Favorite Servers" list.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. You may be asked to provide your login credentials. If so:
    • In the Name field type your username.
    • In the Password field type your password.
    • Click OK.
  8. A Finder window will open, displaying all the folders available on Middfiles and a new volume will appear on your desktop. (If the volume does not appear, choose Finder, then Preferences. Click the General tab, then check the box to display Connected Servers.)
  • Note: Usually you would only need to connect to the Middfiles server at the address above. For some specialized cases (large media files, departmental research) we support additional servers. To connect to a file server other than middfiles you will need to modify the steps slightly. In the instructions above, replace the "middcloud" with the name of the file server you'd like to connect to, and replace "middfiles" with the name of the shared folder on that file server. For example, if you wanted to connect to the "work-dirs" folder on snowleopard, you'd need to use the following format:

Move a File to your Storage Folder

  1. Connect to the server using the instructions above.
  2. Using the Finder window, navigate to the Middfiles folder where you want to copy your file.
  3. Open an additional Finder window by clicking File, then New Finder Window.
  4. In the new Finder window, navigate to the file you wish to copy.
  5. Right-click the file icon then select Copy (the filename will be displayed).
  6. Return to the Middfiles Finder window, right-click anywhere in the window, then select Paste Item. Your file should now appear in the window.

Save a File to your Storage Folder from an Application

  1. Connect to the server using the instructions above.
  2. Pull down the File menu of your application then select Save As. A dialog box will open.
  3. Navigate to the Middfiles folder in which you want to save your file.
  4. Provide a file name in the Save As field.
  5. Click Save.

Create an Alias for Quick Access to your Server Folder

You can speed up the process of connecting to a server by making an alias to the server. Please note that the alias will only work when you are connected to the College network.

To create an alias:

  • Drag icons to the Favorites section of the Sidebar (left navigation pane normally visible in Finder when you open a New Finder Window from the File menu) to provide easy open/save-as access from your applications.
  • Drag the icon of the server to your Dock, next to the Trash icon. 

To connect to the server, click the icon on your Dock or Sidebar.

Remove an Outdated Alias from the Dock or Sidebar

If an alias stops working, it may be necessary to recreate it. First, remove the old alias:

  • by dragging it to the Trash.
  • by right-clicking it, then choosing Remove from Sidebar or Remove from Dock.

Follow the steps above to connect to a file server then create a new alias.

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