Mac - Access to file server

Published: 14 April 2016

You can connect to file servers on the network with your Mac to access the file tree and storage areas. There are two ways to do it.



  1. Mac




Access via Finder

  1. Click on the Finder icon in the toolbar.
  2. Hold the cmd key and press the k key.
  3. In the dialogue box Connect to Server, enter the server address in the text field.
  4. Click the plus button to the right of the text field to save the server address as a favorite.
  5. Click on the Connect button.


Access via Automator

  1. Search for the program Automator.
  2. Launch Automator in OS X and create a new Application.
  3. Drag Get Specified Server from the action list into the box on the right. Click the Add button and enter the network address in the text field. Click OK.
  4. Drag Connect to Server from the Action list into the feed box to the right.
  5. Click on Run in the keypad upper right of the application. Log on to the network device to make sure it works, choose to save the credentials.
  6. Save the Automator feed by clicking File located in the drop-down menu at the top of the screen and rename the file, for example Automatic Mount of network drive [server name]. Save it somewhere where it is easy to find, for example in the Documents folder.
  7. Create an automatic start by putting the file in the Mac automatic start-up. Do this by clicking on the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, click on the Apple menu, then System Preferences. In the box with icons, click Users & Groups.
  8. Choose your own user account if there are several on the list.
  9. Click Login Items.
  10. Click the plus button under the list and select the file you created in Automator. Click Add.