Using File Servers - Macintosh

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File Servers at Middlebury

Every member of the Middlebury College community has a file storage space reserved for personal use on our file servers. All personal folders are stored on our DFS system. Most organizational folders are also stored on our DFS system, but there are some exceptions (see the Note below). We use the DFS servers to group shared and private folders located on different servers and present to you as a virtual tree of folders known as a namespace. You will be able to see many top-level folders to which you have no privileges to access. If you attempt to open a folder that is inaccessible to you, an error message indicates the space is not accessible and access is denied. Click OK to dismiss the message.

Note: For some very specialized cases (storage of large media files, special web server pages) we support a few non-DFS file servers. If you are connecting to a file server other than our DFS server (examples include muskrat, midd-unix, etc), you need to slightly modify the instructions below: In the instructions below, replace middlebury.edu 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 special project folder on muskrat, you'd need to use the following format: smb://muskrat/nameofyourfolder

Connecting to a File Server Using a Macintosh Computer

  1. Open the Finder by clicking on the desktop.
  2. From the Go menu select Connect to Server. A window like this one will appear.
    Mac Connect to Server.PNG

  3. In the Server Address field type cifs://middfiles.middlebury.edu/middfiles

    If you are using a Mac with Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.x), you should use the following address instead
    - This is a temporary workaround, see the Notes section below. To ensure stable access, it's also recommended that you drag your most important folders to your Dock.  By dragging them to your dock, you’re not copying them to your computer, but only making a shortcut that takes you directly to the server, thus speeding up access.
  4. Click the Add button (a + sign) to add the address to the Favorite Servers list.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Complete the SMB/CIFS File System Authentication dialog box as follows:
    1. In the Name field type your username.
    2. In the Password field type your password.
    3. Click OK.
  7. A new volume will appear on your desktop.
    • classes is used by faculty and students for file sharing. Folders for classes are grouped under folders by semester, such as Spring10.
    • home is where you will find your personal storage folder. After opening home, open the alphabetic folder that corresponds to the first character in your username. For instance, if your username is jjones you would open F-J to find your personal folder.
    • orgs is used for departmental file sharing and storage.
  8. If you are using Snow Leopard, please also Use an alias as a shortcut to your server folder.

In this top-level namespace and in levels below it, you will see folders to which you do not have privileges to access. If you attempt to open them you will get an error message saying access is denied.

Move a File to your Storage Folder

  1. Log in to the server using the instructions in the instructions above.
  2. Double-click on the server volume icon on your desktop to open it.
  3. Navigate to the file you want to copy.
  4. Click the file icon to select it and hold the mouse button down.
  5. Drag the file icon onto the server folder space and release the mouse button - you should see an icon appear in the server folder.

Save a File to your Storage Folder from an Application

  1. Log in to the server using the instructions in the first section of this document.
  2. Pull down the File menu of your application and select Save As. A dialog box will open.
  3. Navigate to the folder to which you want to save your file.
  4. Give the file a name in the File name field.
  5. Click Save.

Use an alias as a shortcut to your server folder

You can speed up the process of connecting to a server by making an alias to the server and using it to log in to the server. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Drag the icon of the server to your Dock, next to the Trash icon. 
  2. To connect to the server, click on the icon on your Dock.
  3. If this alias stops working, please remove the alias from the Dock (drag it to the Trash) and follow this document from the beginning - it may be necessary to periodically recreate the alias.


Mac OS X Snow Leopard Support

The use of the separate server for Snow Leopard is a temporary workaround. LIS is in the process of reviewing better solutions. An announcement will be made if there are any changes. You can watch this page for any changes, as well.

How do I find out what version of the operating system I have?

You can check the version of your Mac operating system by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen and clicking About This Mac. The version will be displayed in the About This Mac window.