Connecting to Storage from MacOS¶
These instructions have been tested on MacOS 10.10 and newer.
Disable the writing of .DS_Store files to network mounts by running this command
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true
Note that this applies to all network mounts, not just RIS SMB.
Create or update the /etc/nsmb.conf file. This can be done with a text editor
or by running this command from the
Terminal which will create the
/etc/nsmb.conf file if it does not already exist:
sudo tee /etc/nsmb.conf <<EOF [default] smb_neg=smb2_only dir_cache_off=yes notify_off=yes soft=yes streams=yes file_ids_off=yes EOF
The use of sudo means you will need administrative privileges on this Mac.
Synchronize the SMB config, again from the
Click in the background area of the desktop. This will put you in Finder. In the Finder menu at the top left of the screen, click “Go”:
From the drop-down menu, click on “Connect to Server”. (⌘ K)
Use the “Connect to Server” option on the menu drop-down. Once the “Connect to Server”
dialog appears, use
smb://storage1.ris.wustl.edu/PI WUSTL Key ID
as the server address, in this example
You will be prompted for your WUSTL Key credentials (you will enter your WUSTL Key ID and password):
Once you have completed these steps you will be presented with a finder window showing the Research Drive and all the folders you have access to:
If storage devices are not visible on your Desktop¶
If storage volumes are not visible on your Desktop, click on the desktop background to go to Finder, and click on “Finder” in the top left corner of the screen.
From the drop-down menu, click on “Preferences”.
In the Preferences menu, under the “General” tab, check the box next to “Connected servers”. The shortcut should now appear on your desktop.
Making Desktop shortcuts permanent¶
This shortcut, unfortunately, is not permanent and will disappear if you log out, restart, or lose Internet connection. To make it permanent, follow these steps.
Open System Preferences from the Dock. If it is not in your Dock, search for “System Preferences” using the search in the top right of the screen:
Click on “Users and Groups”.
Click on “Login Items”.
Click on the “+” at the bottom left of the tab.
In the window that pops up, navigate to your Research Drive using the sidebar, and then press “Add”.
The list in Login Items should now show the drive.
The drive and the shortcut should now be permanently connected so long as you have a network connection. You will have to re-enter your credentials if you restart the computer, but this can be connected to your login keychain (and thus done automatically) if you press “Always Allow” when prompted for your username and password, or by checking a box for “Remember this password in my keychain”.