Manually Mounting a Network Drive - Mac OS X

Once you have obtained the appropriate drive mounting information from your local support professional, you can manually mount your network drive(s) using the information below.

Note: If you are attempting to mount network drive(s) from off campus, you will need to first install and connect to the Kent network using the KSU VPN. Please visit this link for more info on how do download the KSU VPN.

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Configure Finder to Show Server Connections

  1. Click the Finder icon from the Dock
    Finder dock icon
  2. From the Finder menu, click Preferences...
    Finder menu, click preferences...
  3. Check Connected servers, if it is not already checked
    Finder Preferences dialog box.
  4. Close the Finder Preferences window

Mounting a Network Drive

  1. Click the Finder icon from the Dock
    Finder dock icon
  2. Click the Go menu option, then Connect to Server...
    Go menu clicked, select Connect to Server...
  3. Enter the Server Address (smb://server/share) provided by your local support, then click Connect
    Connect to Server... dialog box.
  4. If prompted, enter your Kent email address and password (unless you were told to use alternate credentials)
    Enter your name and password prompt.
  5. If the connection is successful, a new window will open containing your newly mounted network drive. Close this window, there should now be an icon on the desktop for your mounted network drive.

If you have multiple network drives to mount, repeat steps 1-5

Create an Alias to your Network Drive(s)

Creating an alias to a network drive allows you to easily re-establish your network drive(s) if you shutdown, reboot or log-off. Remember, if you are working from off campus, you will need to first launch the KSU VPN before the network drive is accessible.

  1. From the Desktop, find and ctrl-click (right-click) on the newly mounted netowrk drive, then select Make Alias
    Make an Alias.

  2. There should now be an alias on the Desktop for your network drive. Use this alias to re-establish your network drive.

If you have multiple network drives to create aliases for, repeat steps 1-2

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