Using File Servers - Macintosh

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 middfiles storage server. Most organizational folders are also stored on middfiles, but there are some exceptions (see the Note below).  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 specialized cases (storage of large media files, special web server pages) we support a few additional servers, including muskrat and midd-unix. To connect to a file server other than middfiles you will need to modify the steps slightly. In the instructions below, change the prefix from "smb" to "cifs", 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 special project folder on muskrat, you'd need to use the following format: cifs://muskrat.middlebury.edu/nameofyourfolder

Connecting to a File Server Using a Mac

  1. Open the Finder by clicking on the desktop.
  2. From the Go menu select Connect to Server. The Connect to Server dialog box will appear.
  3. In the Server Address field type the following:
 smb://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles (for access to all folders on middfiles)
  1. Click the + button to add the address to your Favorite Servers list.
  2. Click Connect.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)

These are the folders most commonly used:

  • classes is used by faculty and students for file sharing. Folders for classes are grouped under folders by semester, such as Spring12.
  • 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 jsmith you would open F-J to find your personal folder.
  • orgs is used for departmental file sharing and storage.

For faster access, you may choose to drag your most important folders to your Dock.  Doing this does not copy them to your computer, but only makes an alias that takes you directly to the server.

Move a File to your Storage Folder

  1. Connect to the server using 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. Connect to the server using the instructions in the first section of this document.
  2. Pull down the File menu of your application then 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.

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:

  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.

Tip: If your alias stops working, it may be necessary to recreate it. Remove the old alias from the Dock by dragging it to the Trash, then follow the steps above to connect to a file server then create an alias.

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