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

Centrify Identity Service, Mac Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:45 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl on Mac OS X

Question:

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

Answer:

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.
    Example:











































     
  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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