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How to Map a Network Drive in macOS
Posted by Richard Watt, Last modified by Richard Watt on 16 March 2020 03:06 PM

The following steps will help explain how to access a network server on your Mac. Before we begin, please be aware that these instructions are specific to macOS and should work for 10.10 (Yosemite) - 10.15 (Catalina).

*As of July 2017, the UAB Dept. of Medicine IT 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.

Select Connect to server

Step 2: In the Connect to Server pop-up box, enter the details of the network share location as seen below. Use the following format: smb://uab;YourBlazerID@servername.ad.uab.edu/sharename. For example: smb://uab;jdoe@domserver.ad.uab.edu/dept.

Enter your server location

Step 3: Enter your personal BlazerID (e.g., uab\jdoe), your password, and click Connect.

Enter your server credentials

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