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KB-2164: How to mount network shares through Active Directory on Mac OS X systems.

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

12 April,16 at 11:45 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl on Mac OS X


How can network shares in an Active Directory environment be mounted on Mac systems?


On the Windows file server:


  1. Right-click on the folder to be shared out and go to the folder Properties
  2. Select the Sharing tab > Enable the share with either the basic ("Share..." button) or advanced ("Advanced Sharing..." button) options.
  3. Make sure the "Authenticated Users" group has been given the appropriate permissions.

  4. Select the Security tab and apply the same permissions to the "Authenticated Users" group here as well:

  5. Confirm the changes and the folder is now ready to be connected.

On the Mac:


  1. Login as an AD user and go to the Finder menu bar
  2. Click on Go > Connect to Server
  3. Enter in the network address of the share using the Fully Qualified Domain Name format and with the smb:// protocol.

  4. Click "Connect" and the share will be automatically mounted on the Mac using the logged in user's AD credentials.
Note: It is important to use the FQDN format instead of the shortname or IP address to use the Kerberos single-sign-on feature. Using shortname or IP address to mount paths will likely produce a login prompt to ask the user to enter their credentials again.

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