Connecting to Shared Folders

Your computer can connect to a number of types of network resources from the Finder, specifically :

  • Macintosh Systems ” Other Mac computers that are sharing files via AppleTalk or AppleShare IP.

  • Windows/Linux Computers ” If Windows or Linux computers are using SMB or CIFS file sharing (the standard for most Windows networks), your Mac can access the files easily.

  • WebDAV Shares ” WebDAV is a cross-platform file sharing solution that uses the standard Web protocols. Your iDisk uses WebDAV.

  • FTP Servers ” File Transfer Protocol servers are popular means of distributing software on the Internet. Your Mac OS X machine can connect (read-only) to FTP servers.

  • Linux/BSD NFS Servers ” NFS is the Unix standard for file sharing. Your Mac (being Unix!) can obviously talk to them as well!

Connecting to Macintosh and Windows servers is the easiest of the bunch. In Mac OS X, you use the Go menu in the Finder to choose Connect to Server (Command-K). This opens a new dialog box, shown in Figure 27.12, that enables you to connect to remote computers.

Figure 27.12. The Finder has the power to connect you to remote volumes directly.


Depending on your network, you'll see several selections, including AppleTalk zones and Windows workgroups. Clicking the Network option displays servers and groups of servers located on your local network.

You can navigate through the AppleTalk zones or server groups the same way you navigate through the Finder in column mode. To make the connection, choose the server you want to use from the list and then click Connect. After a few seconds, you're prompted for a username and a password, as shown in Figure 27.13.

Figure 27.13. Enter your username and password, and then click Connect.


Click Connect, and after few seconds, the volume is mounted on your desktop.


If you're connecting to another Mac OS X computer, you can use either your full name or your username to connect.

Connecting to WebDAV and NFS shared volumes is only slightly more difficult. You can't browse these resources on your network unless the administrator has registered them with a Service Locator Protocol server. Instead, you must type in a URL for the object you want to use into the Address field of the Connection window.

Your network administrator should be able to give you the exact information you need, but for the most part, the URLs follow a format like this:

FTP shares: ftp://< server name >/< path >

For example, I have an FTP server named Xanadu on my network ( containing a folder called waternet at the root level of the server. To access it, I would type and then click Connect.

WebDAV is even simpler. WebDAV shares are actually just Web resources, so they use the same URLs that you would type into your Web browser. For example, to access the iDisk storage of your account, you would type <your username> .

NFS follows the same pattern. If the remote server is configured to allow connections, an NFS connection URL looks like this nfs:// <server name> / <shared volume> .

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 349 © 2008-2017.
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