Connecting to the CS Server from a Macintosh in KOSC 118

When you log in to one of the Macintoshes in KOSC 118, a special environment will be created for you that does not provide for permanently storing files in a way that the professor can access them for grading. Any files you create in lab or for a project that may need to be accessed by the professor should be created using the CS file server, following the procedure outlined here. This will apply to any CS course using these machines. You will be able to access files stored on this server from anywhere on campus - not just the specific computer you used to create them. In addition, the course professor will have access to these files, and may use this access when grading your work. Files you create for a course will eventually be deleted when you graduate or are no longer taking CS courses.

What You Need to Get Started

To follow these steps, you will need an account on the department file server. Each student enrolled in a class that needs to use this server will have an individual account and an individual password on the server. The username will be the same as your Gordon email name, but the password will be a special one used only for this purpose. It will not be your regular Gordon password. The initial value of this password will be your student ID, but you can - and should - change it to something more secure. (Click here for directions for changing your server password). .

Connecting to the Server

Before following the procedure outlined here, you will need to log in to the MacIntosh using your regular Gordon username and password. Once you have logged in, you will need to connect to the server as a separate step.

  1. Be sure the Finder is the currently-running program. (The name Finder will appear as the program name at the very left of the menu bar at the top of the screen.) If not, click anywhere on the desktop (outside of the window for any application) and the Finder will be made current. (When the Finder is the current application, the word "Finder" will appear at the left end of the menu bar.)

  2. Choose the "Connect to Server..." option at the bottom of the Finder's Go menu.

  3. A Connect to Server dialog box should appear, which will look like the following:

  4. Type the samba protocol specifier (smb://) and the name of the CS department server


    In the Server Address box, then click "Connect". (It may already appear there, if the last server accessed on this machine was the CS server - in which case you can simply click "Connect", or it may appear in the list of favorite servers, in which case you can double-click it.)

  5. In any case, you will now see a dialog like the following:

  6. Enter your personal username (your email name), and your server password (which will echo as all bullets), then click "OK". You will now see a dialog that looks like this, in which you can can choose a volume to mount.

    You may choose:

    To select a single volume, select it in the drop down, and click "OK". If you need to select more than one volume (e.g. if the lab directions call for mounting both your own volume and the common volume) then you will have to go through the whole process twice - once for each volume. There does not seem to be any way to select to mount two shares at once.

  7. An icon for the volume you have selected should appear on your desktop (possibly after a brief delay.) When you want to open a window for a server volume, you can double click on the icon for that volume.

Logging Out

VERY IMPORTANT: When you are through with your session in lab, you should logout from the computer. To to this, select Log Out (the last item) from the "Apple" menu at the upper left hand corner of the screen. You will see a confirmation box, asking you if you are sure you want to log out now. Click the Log Out button and you're done! (The volume(s) you mounted are dismounted when you log out.) Note that if you fail to log out, and leave your Volume on the desktop, someone else can do nasty things to you!

Last revised: August 29, 2013