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. Any files you create that you need to save for future access, or 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 a directory on the department file server. Each student enrolled in a class that needs to use this server will have an individual directory created for them on the server. The username and password will be the same as your Gordon email name and 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, or using the Guest account. 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. In the Server Address box, type the samba protocol specifier (smb://) and the name of the CS department server like this


    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. Click connect. You may see a dialog like the one below. If it does not appear, continue to the next step. If it does appear, enter your personal username (your email name), and your password (which will echo as all bullets), then click "OK". continue to the next step.

  7. 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". Note: 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 most of the process twice - once for each volume - though you won't be asked to confirm access or enter your username and password again. There does not seem to be any way to select to mount two shares at once.

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 your files!

Last revised: September 6, 2018