Using File Servers - Macintosh

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Connecting to a File Server Using a Macintosh Computer

Networked file servers are provided at Middlebury College to give everyone a personal folder for data storage and to facilitate file sharing for coursework and by administrative departments. To save a file in these storage spaces you must be connected to the server then move the file to the storage folder or save the file from an application.

The most widely-used file servers are grouped into one namespace using DFS (Distributed File System).

  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 smb://middfiles.middlebury.edu/middfiles.
  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.

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 theFile 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. Right-click on the icon of the folder that you want to make a shortcut to.
  2. From the pop-up menu select Make Alias.

You may click on the alias to initiate a connection to the server

Important: When you are finished, please break your connection to your server space if you plan to leave your computer unattended! Drag the server icon to the Trash. The Trash icon will change to say Disconnect.