Access Network Storage Shares Mac

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, if you do not know the name of the share you are trying to access.

  1. From the Finder menu, select Go then Connect to Server.
  2. Type the full server address such as "smb://" or "smb://" (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.
  3. Click Connect.
  4. When prompted, log in with your Amherst user name in the Name: field and password in the Password: field.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. 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:// How to access Macsoft - more details
userfiles; personal storage shares for students, faculty, and non-administrative staff; department shares for academic departments smb:// userfiles quotas
fs001; department shares for administrative departments; personal shares for administrative staff smb://  Department shares a.k.a. I: Drive and other volumes
unix-mac; unix user directory on romulus and remus
smb:// 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://

public file transfer share; contents wiped after 24 hours

scans; shares for network scanning smb://

Access scanned files from network printer/copier/scanner

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Network Storage