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Connecting To A Samba Directory: Mac OSX

  • What is remote drive mapping?

    Remote drive mapping is designed to make working with files on the Rutgers central server systems (that is, on RCI and Eden) as convenient as possible. With remote drive mapping, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software or any other special software isn't needed to access files. Once connected via an assigned drive letter, the files will be just as easy to change as if they were located on your own hard disk.

 
  • What do i need to use Samba on a Mac?

    • A valid RCI or EDEN account.
    • For access off-campus, the Cisco VPN software configured to connect to the Rutgers network. Documentation located at http://oit.rutgers.edu/vpn/
    • A Samba password, which must first be obtained by clicking on the Samba Access link on the respective system's Webtools page below. The Samba password, separate from the RCI or Eden password, will be sent to the account owner's e-mail address. The same holds true for departmental accounts and student organization accounts 

    RCI:http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/webtools/

    Eden: http://www.eden.rutgers.edu/webtools/

    • The path to connect to the shared folders There are two possible Samba paths. The first is www, the public_html directory in which Web page files are kept. The second is homes which is the special directory on the account which users are allowed to access using Samba.
    • Finally the name of the host (i.e. RCI or Eden) upon which the share will be located.
 
  • Connecting to a Samba directory

    From the Mac OS X Toolbar click on the Go menu and select Connect to server

 
  • The Connect To Server dialog box will appear.

    In the Server Address field. type in the appropriate path. The path will be entered in the following format: smb://system_name/share_name

    For example, to mount the RCI_drive directory type:

    smb://rci.rutgers.edu/homes

    or

    smb://rci.rutgers.edu/www

    to mount the public_html directory.

     

    (Eden users would use smb//eden.rutgers.edu/www)

    click on connect after the address has been written

 
  • The login box will appear

    Click Connect to connect to the Samba directory. You will be prompted for your netid and your unique Samba password that was e-mailed to your RCI account

 
  • A screen will appear displaying the contents of the remote share on RCI.

    Files can now be moved, removed, and accessed as if the files were on the computer the user is using.