Mounting Samba on MAC OSX

MAC OSx has the built-in capability to mount samba shares. If you wish to use this feature to mount your home directory, please follow these instructions.

  1. Click on finder or desktop to bring up the finder tool bar
  2. Click on Go --> Connect to Server

  3. In the Address box supply:
    smb:// (where username is your UNIX username)

  4. Click connect
  5. In the SMB/CIFS Authentication window supply your UNIX username and your current UNIX password.
    The workgroup field can be left blank

  6. Click OK

Now your home directory should be mapped, and you will find an icon on your desktop labeled with your username.

Known Problems

  • When editing files in your public_html directory (or another directory that is a symbolic link you may experience problems saving your files with certain editors such as TextEdit.

    We recommend that you use one of the following editors instead:

    • TextMate
    • Gedit
    • Sea Monkey (html editor)
    • OpenOffice

    At the time that this was written these editors were known to work but future updates may result in these applications behaving in a similar manner to TextEdit.

    If you have the need to use an editor that exhibits problems saving files please contact your Point of Contact (PoC) as arrangements can be made for an alternative workaround.

  • If you receive an error message, there may be a problem with your password. Try resyncing your password with our samba password file. The easiest way to do this is to reset your password via passwd. Wait 30 minutes and try again.