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Access to the file server from a Mac

These instructions are current as of August, 2009. Some dialog boxes may look different depending on your OS version (Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, or Leopard). These screenshots are from Panther (MacOS X 10.3).

The College of Pharmacy maintains a file server that allows users to store files and to share them with others. Files on this server are backed up every night. The server was designed to work with Purdue's Windows domain; however, Macintosh computers can also access it. To access the file server from a Mac, please do the following:

  1. If you are not on campus, create or open a VPN connection to ITaP's VPN server. Specific instructions are available at For support issues with the VPN, please contact ITaP directly by calling 49-44000 or e-mailing
  2. While in the Finder, press command-k to "Connect to a server". This will bring up a dialog box, the appearance of which will vary depending on your version of OS X. Enter smb:// for the Server Address (as shown below), then click on the "Connect" button.

    Initial server connection dialog box
  3. A second dialog box will appear, as shown below. To access your personal file share, click on the 'Authenticate" button.

    Initial view of share selection dialog box
  4. The authentication dialog box will appear (see below). Enter your Windows domain (ONEPURDUE), your career account username, and your career account password in the three boxes. Some of them may already be filled in for you; note that they may not be filled in correctly. Click on the "OK" button.

    File System Authentication dialog box
  5. You will return to the file share selection dialog. Your username should now appear in the pulldown list of shares. Select your username from the list and click "OK". The file share should mount to your desktop.

    Share selection dialog box with user name
  6. You can repeat these instructions to mount the special "shared" share, available to all authenticated users. This file share has areas for each department to share files with each other.


  • You may also see other file shares in the list. These are special-purpose shares created for a variety of reasons, and most users do not have access to them. If you are involved with one of these projects, you should know what to do.
  • Under certain circumstances, trying to map shares in this manner will result in an "Error =-47" message. This means that your Mac thinks the share is already mapped. This can happen if the Mac goes to sleep, among other circumstances. Restarting your computer should cure this problem.
  • To map your career account home directory, see this GoldAnswers article.
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