How to Map a Network Drive in macOS
Posted by Richard Watt, Last modified by Richard Watt on 26 April 2018 02:56 PM

Often times you will have data stored on a server instead of your local office computer. The following steps will help explain how to create a drive on your local office computer that connects to the location on the UAB server. Before we begin, please be aware that these instructions are specific to OS X on a Mac and should work for 10.7 (Lion) - 10.13 (High Sierra).

Warning: macOS 10.12.5 (Sierra) suffers from an smb bug that prevents it from successfully connecting to a network server location. To get around this, you can specify the domain and username in the location connection string as shown in Step 2 below.

*As of July 12, 2017, the UAB Dept. of Medicine IT group will no longer support older versions of OS X prior to 10.9 (Mavericks) for file server access.

Off-campus Access Requires VPN

Please note that you will need to be running and connected to UAB's secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order for off-campus access to work.

Step 1: Open the Finder, then select Go from the menu. Now select Connect to Server from the drop-down menu.

Connect to server

Step 2: In the Connect to Server pop-up box, enter the details of the network share location (smb://uab; as seen below.

Server location

Step 3: Enter your BlazerID, password, and click Connect.


Step 4: That's it! The drive will now be accessible through the Finder and your apps.