Mapping Z:, Y:, or I: File Shares on a MacOS Computer


Note:   Unlike Windows ADIT domain computer users on campus, MacOS computer users must manually map their department network file shares and their personal network file shares.

These are commonly referred to the I: drive (or Y: drive) and the Z: drive, respectively.  

MacOS computers do not use the drive letter convention as Windows computers do.

This document outlines the process of mapping those shares on a MacOS computer.


A: Map your department's network file share. (a.k.a. the Y drive or the I drive)

1. Log on to your MacOS computer and ensure you have an active network connection.


Note:  If you want to map these file shares from a computer located off-campus, you must first connect to the campus network with the Viscosity VPN client.  If you do not already have the Viscosity client installed, please refer to Remote Access Instructions | MacOS VPN for instructions. 


2.  To map to your department's network file share (Commonly known as I: or Y: on Windows computers) , open up the Finder utility and select Go, then Connect to Server. . . from the menu at the top of the screen.

The Connect to Server dialog box opens.

Enter SMB://files.mines.edu/shared into the input field, then press the Connect button.

You'll see the connection progress dialog box appear.  Then you are asked for your user account credentials.

Be sure to select the Registered User option.

Enter your ADIT user ID and password in the input boxes provided.  Note that it is not necessary to prefix your user ID with ADIT\

Click on the Connect button.

If your credentials are accepted, a new MacOS Finder window will open and display the contents.

You can now browse to the location of your department's file share.


B: Map your personal file share.  (a.k.a. the Z drive)

To map to your personal file share (Commonly known as Z: on Windows computers), open up the Finder utility and select Go, then 

Connect to Server. . . from the menu at the top of the screen.

The Connect to Server dialog box opens.

The path to each user's personal file share is unique and is based on the user's username.

For example, if the user name is ImaUser, then the personal file share path is:  smb://home.mines.edu/home/imauser

Enter SMB://home.mines.edu/home/[Your user name] into the input field, then press the Connect button.

Replace [Your user name] as appropriate.

You'll see the connection progress dialog box appear.  Then you are asked for your user account credentials.

Be sure to select the Registered User option.

Enter your ADIT user ID and password in the input boxes provided.  Note that it is not necessary to prefix your user ID with ADIT\

Click on the Connect button.

If your credentials are accepted, a new MacOS Finder window will open and display the contents.

You can now browse your personal file share.


2020.06.22 dkearney 

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Article ID: 107473
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