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Connecting to the SMB shares from a macOS computer

To access your home folder, choose Go->Connect to Server from the Finder menu (or type CMD-k). This will open a dialogue box into which you should enter (replacing username with your WIN computer account name): 



Scratch can be mounted with 


and Data with 


Where mygroupfolder is the /vols/Data subfolder of interest.

If you click on the + symbol to the right of the url entry box then you will add this to the list of favourite servers which you can then use in the future by double clicking on - or see the section on adding to Locations below.

You will be presented with a username/password dialogue box, enter your WIN username and password and click Connect.


Although the macOS finder will add a '' section to the Locations area in the side bar, it will only display your home folder (if this share has been connected to). If you close all windows on your Scratch or /vols/Data folder then you can open a new view by using Finder Go > Go to Folder... and entering /Volumes - you will find the links to the server folders in the view you receive. You can also use this view to add links to your folders to the side bar using the instructions in the next section. 

Adding links to Locations

Use Go > Go to Folder... and enter /Volumes. Find the item corresponding to your share, e.g. username or Scratch_username and drag it to the Locations section of the Finder side-bar. You can now return to this folder (including when you are not currently logged in) or unmount by using the entry in this section.


Once you have finished with the share, you can un-mount the server by closing all Finder windows on the share and clicking the eject icon next to the server name or individual share name in the 'Locations' section of the Finder side bar:

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N.B. To avoid potential data loss or computer lockups, ALWAYS disconnect shares before disconnecting from VPN or ethernet.