How to access your userfiles (a.k.a. U: drive), department network storage shares, project network shares on Storage, and other network shares from a Mac computer.
Note: Off-campus computers must first connect via VPN in order to access network drives. Users may not connect to the Macsoft software drive from off-campus due to licensing restrictions.
How to Connect to a Share
If connecting from an off-campus location, you will need to connect to the VPN first, then perform the steps below. You will need to know the name of the share to which you would like to connect. Please contact us at AskIT@amherst.edu, if you do not know the name of the share you are trying to access.
- From the Finder menu, select Go then Connect to Server.
- Type the full server address such as "smb://userfiles.amherst.edu/" or "smb://storage.amherst.edu/" (see table below for a list of the commonly used server addresses), followed by the name of the share you want to access. Share names are case-sensitive.
- Click Connect.
- When prompted, log in with your Amherst user name in the Name: field and password in the Password: field.
- Click Connect.
- A list of folders will appear. Locate the folder you would like to access and double-click to open it.
Server Names & Addresses
The table lists the names and addresses of servers and volumes accessible to Amherst users. Not all users have access to all servers or volumes. Some servers are not available from off-campus.
|Server Name; purpose||Server Address||More Information|
|software; winsoft and macsoft share for software distribution||smb://software.amherst.edu/||How to access Macsoft - more details|
|userfiles; personal storage shares for students, faculty, and non-administrative staff; department shares for academic departments||smb://userfiles.amherst.edu/||userfiles quotas|
|fs001; department shares for some administrative departments such as Student Affairs, Health Center, Counseling Center, Dean of Faculty, and President's Office; personal shares for staff from these administrative departments||smb://fs001.amherst.edu/||Department shares a.k.a. I: Drive and other volumes|
|fs002; department shares for financial departments such as Controller's Office; personal shares for staff from these departments||smb://fs002.amherst.edu/||Department shares a.k.a. I: drive and other volumes, personal shares|
|fs005; department shares for academic departments and some administrative departments; personal shares for staff and faculty from these departments||smb://fs005.amherst.edu/||Department shares a.k.a. I: drive and other volumes, personal shares|
|unix-mac; unix user directory on romulus and remus
||smb://unix-mac.amherst.edu/||Using Unix/Linux Network Space - detailed instructions|
|storage; project shares for indivituals and collaborative teams||
|personal and group project shares|
|scratch; public file sharing||smb://scratch.amherst.edu/||
public file transfer share; contents wiped after 24 hours
|scans; shares for network scanning||smb://scans.amherst.edu/||
Access scanned files from network printer/copier/scanner