Mapping Network Drives (macOS)

Issue/Question

How do I access WKU's network drives on my Mac?

Environment

  • macOS

Resolution

In order to access the Personal, Shared and Secure drives, you must be connected to the WKU-Secure wireless network or a hard-wired Ethernet connection on campus, or use the Cisco VPN while off campus.

Method 1: Clickable Shortcuts

  1. Download the AD Shortcuts for Mac zip file.
  2. Unzip the file, if it did not unzip automatically.
  3. Move the folder AD Shortcuts for Mac to a desired location, e.g. Desktop or Documents.
  4. If desired, drag the folder to your dock.
  5. Open the folder.
  6. Select the drive you want to access.
  7. You may be prompted to confirm that you want to connect to a server. Click Connect.
  8. You may be prompted for a name and password. Enter your NetID and password and click Connect.

Method 2: Manual Mount

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go.
  3. Click Connect to server...
  4. Type in smb://fscluster2.ad.wku.edu/shared.
  5. Click the plus (+) button.
  6. Select smb://fscluster2.ad.wku.edu/shared.
  7. Click Connect.
  8. Type in NetID and password.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go.
  3. Click Connect to server....
  4. Type in smb://fscluster2.ad.wku.edu/secure.
  5. Click the plus (+) button.
  6. Select smb://fscluster2.ad.wku.edu/secure.
  7. Click Connect.
  8. Type in NetID and password.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go.
  3. Click Connect to server....
  4. Type in smb://fscluster1.ad.wku.edu/personal/netid.
     Note: Replace netid above with your own personal NetID (e.g. smb://fscluster1.ad.wku.edu/personal/abc12345).
  5. Click (add).
  6. Select smb://fscluster1.ad.wku.edu/personal/netid.
  7. Click Connect.
  8. Type in NetID and password.

Optional: Mount Drives at Login

Drives will fail to mount at login if the computer is not connected to WKU-Secure or a hard-wired Ethernet connection on campus. This is expected behavior. When off campus, one of the methods above must be used after every login.
Use one of the methods above to initially mount the desired drive(s) before completing the following steps.
  1. Click Finder.
  2. Select Preferences....
  3. Click the checkbox next to Hard disks and Connect Servers.
  4. Exit out of Finder Preferences
  5. The following steps will ensure these shortcuts load each time the user logs into their profile.
  6. Select the Apple icon.
  7. Click on System Preferences....
  8. Select Users & Groups.
  9. Select the Login items button.
  10. Click on the plus sign.
  11. In the left navigation panel, under the SHARED header select fscluster1.ad.wku.edu.
  12. Single click the personal folder.
  13. Click Add.
  14. Click the plus sign.
  15. In the left navigation panel, under the SHARED header select fscluster2.ad.wku.edu.
  16. Scroll down to the bottom of the folder.
  17. Single click the Secure folder.
  18. Click Add.
  19. Click the plus sign.
  20. In the left navigation panel, under the SHARED header select fscluster2.ad.wku.edu.
  21. Scroll down to the bottom of the folder.
  22. Single click the Shared folder.
  23. Click Add.

Details

Article ID: 3572
Created
Fri 5/1/20 1:57 PM
Modified
Mon 5/4/20 1:04 PM