Accessing Shared Network Drives on a Mac

For faculty and staff and office computers only. To access network shares from off-campus, you must be connected via VPN.

See the OWU Network Drives page for a description of each of our network shares.

Apps (G: Drive on Windows)
  1. Click on the Go desktop (Finder) menu, then click on ‘Connect to Server…’ (Command-K is the keyboard shortcut).
  2. In the ‘Server Address’ text field, put this in …
    smb://192.68.223.4/app
  3. Click the + button on the right to add this location as a clickable Favorite Server — so you don’t have to re-type this again later.
  4. Click the ‘Connect’ button.
  5. Your Password is your Active Directory (AD) password — which is what you would use as a login on a Windows computer on campus. Of course, since you’re on a Mac, you may not have an AD password (or you may not know it), in which case you can call the Help Desk and we’ll set one for you.” with “Your Password is your OWU password.” and make “OWU password” a link to the Passwords page (https://helpdesk.owu.edu/nw/pw/)
  6. Click the ‘OK’ button. If all works as it should, a network drive — which looks like a cryptically ornamented globe in a translucent box — called SHARED should appear on your desktop, and the specific departmental folder (“yyyyyyyy”) should automatically pop up as its own Finder directory window.
  7. You can now manipulate files in this network drive as if they were located on a locally attached drive to your computer (like an external hard drive, a USB flash drive, etc.) — with full deleting, click-and-drag copying, and other capabilities.
  8. When you’re done accessing the shared drive, either click and drag the SHARED icon to the Trash (Disconnect) in the Dock, or click and highlight the SHARED icon and use the Command-E keyboard shortcut to “Eject” it.

Link to this section of the page.

Departmental Shared Drive (H: Drive on Windows)
  1. Click on the Go desktop (Finder) menu, then click on ‘Connect to Server…’ (Command-K is the keyboard shortcut).
  2. In the ‘Server Address’ text field, put this in …
smb://192.68.223.8/shared
  1. Click the + button on the right to add this location as a clickable Favorite Server — so you don’t have to re-type this again later.
  2. Click the ‘Connect’ button.
  3. Your Password is your Active Directory (AD) password — which is what you would use as a login on a Windows computer on campus. Of course, since you’re on a Mac, you may not have an AD password (or you may not know it), in which case you can call the Help Desk and we’ll set one for you.” with “Your Password is your OWU password.” and make “OWU password” a link to the Passwords page (https://helpdesk.owu.edu/nw/pw/)
  4. Click the ‘OK’ button. If all works as it should, a network drive — which looks like a cryptically ornamented globe in a translucent box — called SHARED should appear on your desktop.
  5. You can now manipulate files in this network drive as if they were located on a locally attached drive to your computer (like an external hard drive, a USB flash drive, etc.) — with full deleting, click-and-drag copying, and other capabilities.
  6. When you’re done accessing the shared drive, either click and drag the SHARED icon to the Trash (Disconnect) in the Dock, or click and highlight the SHARED icon and use the Command-E keyboard shortcut to “Eject” it.

Link to this section of the page.

Personal Network Drive (U: Drive on Windows)
  1. Click on the Go desktop (Finder) menu, then click on ‘Connect to Server…’ (Command-K is the keyboard shortcut).
  2. In the ‘Server Address’ text field, put this in …
smb://192.68.223.8/users/yyyyyyyy

… where “yyyyyyyy” is your OWU username (ex. “jqpublic”).

  1. Click the + button on the right to add this location as a clickable Favorite Server — so you don’t have to re-type this again later.
  2. Click the ‘Connect’ button.
  3. Your Password is your Active Directory (AD) password — which is what you would use as a login on a Windows computer on campus. Of course, since you’re on a Mac, you may not have an AD password (or you may not know it), in which case you can call the Help Desk and we’ll set one for you.” with “Your Password is your OWU password.” and make “OWU password” a link to the Passwords page (https://helpdesk.owu.edu/nw/pw/)
  4. Click the ‘OK’ button. If all works as it should, a network drive — which looks like a cryptically ornamented globe in a translucent box — called USERS should appear on your desktop, and your username should automatically pop up as its own Finder directory window.
  5. You can now manipulate files in this network drive as if they were located on a locally attached drive to your computer (like an external hard drive, a USB flash drive, etc.) — with full deleting, click-and-drag copying, and other capabilities.
  6. When you’re done accessing your personal network drive, either click and drag the USERS icon to the Trash (Disconnect) in the Dock, or click and highlight the USERS icon and use the Command-E keyboard shortcut to “Eject” it.

Link to this section of the page.

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