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Connect to server (afp, smb, nfs)

We will discuss about the different protocols and the process to connect to server using each of them using a Mac OSX machine. The famous protocols to connect to server used in Mac are: afp, smb, WebDAV & nfs. Lets have a look at each of them in details.

 

Connect to an AppleShare server (afp):

   1. Under Finder, select ‘Go To’ menu, now select ‘Connect to Server’ or press Command+K .

   2. In the Connect to Server window, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server. Click Connect.

   3. In the authentication window that appears, type the credentials for the server. Now click on Connect.

   4. Select the volume of the server and click OK.

Connect to Windows file sharing (smb):

   1. Under Finder, select ‘Go To’ menu, now select ‘Connect to Server’ or press Command+K .

   2. In the Connect to Server window, type smb:// , followed by the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the server, a forward slash, and then the name of the shared volume (e.g. smb://macmasters.net/fileshare/tutorials)

   3. Now click on Connect.

   4. In the authentication window that appears, type your username and password for the server.

To connect to an Network File System server (nfs):

   1. Under Finder, select ‘Go To’ menu, now select ‘Connect to Server’ or press Command+K .

   2. In the Connect to Server window, type nfs:// , followed by the FQDN or IP address of the server, a forward slash, and then the path of the exported share (e.g., nfs://macmasters.net/fileshare/tutorials/unit1).

   3. Click Connect.

To connect to a WebDAV server (http):

   1. Under Finder, select ‘Go To’ menu, now select ‘Connect to Server’ or press Command+K .

   2. In the Connect to Server window that opens, type the URL of the WebDAV shared volume (e.g., http://macmasters.net/).

   3. Click Connect.

   4. In the authentication window that appears, type your username and password for the server, and then click OK.

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