Connecting to your SAS Network Shares from your Home Mac

Connecting to the SAS network shares from your home Mac is a three step process.  The first step is to create a connection to the University network that will allow you to have access to the file server.  You will need to complete this step each time you reconnect to the internet (like on a laptop) or each time you log in to your computer (on a desktop).   It's possible that this connection will time out, in which case you'll need to redo the process, and may need to restart your computer.  The second and third steps will only need to be followed once, as the shortcuts you make will stay on your computer's desktop.


Step I - Creating a Tunnel Connection:

1.  Open Safari.

2.  Go to

3.  Safari will first open a page that says "Loading Components...".  Just wait as it will automatically move to the next page.

4.  It will take you to a login page.  Enter your username and AD password (you created this password when you signed up for the account) and click Sign In.

5.  You will be taken to a page with a Start button - click it to proceed.


6.  A network connection program will launch, and you should see your active connection to  You have now successfully "tunneled" into the SAS network and will be able to access your network shares.  Feel free to quit Safari, as it is no longer needed.



Step II - Connecting to Your Shares:

1.  On your Mac, navigate to the Finder application using command+Tab or by clicking on your desktop.

2.  In the Go menu, click Connect to Server...


3.  In the Server Address box enter the address for your folder following this rule:

cifs: /ORG-users/USERNAME

In my case, my username is bsykora and my department is SAS Computing (sasc):
cifs: /sasc-users/bsykora

If you are in a humanities department (hum) and your username is johndoe, it would be as follows:
cifs: /hum-users/johndoe


Once you have your address in properly, click the big + sign next to the text box.  This will add that address to your Favorite Servers list.


4.  Click on the entry in the list and choose Connect.

5.  In the box that pops up, enter your username and password as before, and make sure to check the "Remember this password in my keychain" box.  Click Connect.


At this point, if you have access to and need to connect to a departmental share, you will have to repeat steps 1 - 5 with the following Server Address:

    cifs: /ORG-shares
    The previous cases would be:
    cifs: /sasc-shares
    cifs: /hum-shares


Once you have entered the address properly, click the + to add it to your Favorite Servers, select it, and click Connect.  If you saved your password in the keychain, you shouldn't have to retype it here.



Step III - Making Shortcuts:

1.  In the Finder again, click the Go menu and choose Utilities.


2.  Double-click Terminal.


3.  Type the following at the terminal and then hit Enter:  open /Volumes


4.  This will open a new window, and you'll see a list of the drives you are connected to.  Select the one with your username, click the File menu, and choose Make Alias.


5.  The alias will appear in the Volumes window.  You will see the name highlighted when it is created, and you can hit Enter to accept the name, or if you like you can start typing to change the name to something else.  Repeat steps 4-5 if you have a department share connected.


6.  Finally, click and drag the alias(es) you created to your desktop.


At this point, you will be able to open your network folders by double-clicking on the aliases you created.  In the future you will be able to skip Steps II and III and just double-click on your aliases to access your network folders.  Thus, your usual workflow for accessing your network folders will be:
- Complete Step I:1-6
- Double-click on the alias on your desktop to open the folder.

Remember that you will have to repeat Steps I - III for each computer you use.