On campus Macs, we don't normally set shares to connect at startup like we do on Windows PCs. Instead, we set up a shortcut to the share and put it on the desktop. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder (the blue face) in the dock.
  2. Click on the Finder menu at the top of the screen and choose Preferences.
  3. If it's not already checked, check the box Connected servers.
  4. Go to the Go menu and choose Connect to server, or just hit command-k.
  5. In the window that comes up, paste in the path to your share (see notes below).
  6. When prompted, enter your network ID and password. A new finder window should open with the contents of the share.
  7. Look on the desktop for an icon with the name of that share. Right-click on it and choose Make Alias. A shortcut to the share should appear on the desktop.
  8. Go back to Finder Preferences (step 2) and uncheck the "Connected servers" checkbox.
  9. Rename the shortcut to whatever is easiest for you to recognize it, like "Student Affairs share" for instance.

This method works well since the shortcut will be there after reboot, while the mounted drive will not.

Note about paths to the file share: When you are sent the path to your share, it may be formatted for Windows. If, for instance, the path is "\servernamefoldernameyourname," for the Mac you'd need to change it to "smb://servername/foldername/yourname". That is what you would put in the "Connect to server" window in step 5 above.

If you can't connect: 

  • File shares are only accessible from computers that are plugged in to the campus network or on wireless by users on the WSU Wireless network who have appropriate permissions. You can also connect from off-campus if you first connect via VPN.
  • To connect, your network ID must be among those listed in the server permissions for that folder. These permissions are maintained by Vancouver IT. If you need access, you may request it by emailing van.evita@wsu.edu (link sends e-mail) or filling out a work request.
  • If you have already been given access, double-check that the path you entered is correct. 
  • If you've changed your network ID password recently, make sure you're entering the new password. 
  • If you've tried those things and still can't get in, let us know and we'll be happy to help!