To make a server connection a login item, follow the steps below:. Note: After following the below steps and the "Connect to Server" dialog box appears on startup, type your name and password, or choose Guest access, then click Connect. Make sure to remember the credentials in your Keychain if you don't want to be asked for the login and password every time.
For Mac OS X v From the Finder menu, choose Preferences. Under "Show these items on the Desktop,"enable the option for "Connected servers. Connect to the server volume s you would like to automatically mount at login. Open System Preferences.
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Under your user: Click the Login Items tab. By default it doesnt mount any network drives or shared folders. This can be easily achieved with the auto mounter. Another solution would be to edit the sidebar. This prevents the user from using different credentials on the same server which is not a good idea.
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In finder preferences you may select the connected servers option to list connected servers. I am assuming this works in previous versions of OS X, but on macOS Sierra you can create an alias of the network drives and add the aliases to the sidebar. If the drive is not mounted, clicking it will also mount the drive. Since it is an alias, it should persist between reboots so long as you dont delete it from your local drive.
Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question. Asked 7 years ago. Active 2 years, 9 months ago. We have a primarily windows domain and therefore have a hidden share for each user in the domain to store files on that is not accessible to anyone but them. We are starting to get more MACs in the domain and I need to set the MAC workstation to automatically mount this hidden user drive share. Does anyone know the correct way to do is or is it even possible? Your help is always appreciated.
Thank you for your suggestions. I strongly recommend using the method in my first post above to determine the current user, and from there you could progress with the tutorial from Ben Toms here:. Again, better to not use his routine in 1, substitute one of the two above, preferably the first one. To continue this discussion, please ask a new question. Page content loaded. Oct 25, PM in response to ghoch In response to ghoch.
Yes, that did seem to work. I've now turned "Connected servers" back on, and the dragging and dropping of mounted network drives seems to be sticking. I'm sure it wasn't working before. It would be nice though if all mounted network drives automatically displayed under devices without them having to be dragged there. I'm sure some previous versions of OS X behaved in this way.
I may not have explained it well. Otherwise when you drag a network drive to the sidebar it will only show the server not the share but with this unchecked you can drag the network drive to the "Devices" section and it should stay there. I've done this on both Lion and Mountain Lion machines and it worked just fine.
Good Luck. Oct 27, PM in response to ghoch In response to ghoch. I understand what you said exactly. I was just saying that after unchecking the "Connected Servers" option and dragging the mounted share to the Devices section where it would now stay , I could then turn the "Connected Servers" option back on and the shares would remain under "Devices". However, I've since found that this only works up until the next time Finder restart, so indeed, "Connected Servers" option must be left unchecked if you want a permanant fix.
Pretty poor quality control by Apple. They're getting worse with every release. I've used hardly any of the new features in Lion and Mountain Lion, yet each release seems to introduce new problems. Oct 27, PM. Yeah I noticed your post just after I sent my second one.
I apparently was typing mine while you posted your original reply. No big deal. I'd been having that problem for a while and just thought of that solution when reading your original post and since I was at work was able to try it on a couple of machines real quick. Anyway maybe they'll fix it in future updates. Oct 28, AM. I don't think it's really accurate to call this a quality control issue.
This isn't a bug or defect in anyway. Poor design decision, yes..
What is a network drive used for?
I can here looking for the same thing, but you can't say apple has poor quality control and that ML is worse than other versions of OS X becuase they removed a feature you want. Submit feedback over an over an hopefully they will add it back in. Oct 29, AM. I upgraded to Mavericks and my Servers dissapeared from the Shared Folder. I used the idea in this e-mail trail to remove "Connected Servers" from the preferences tab in Finder and all the Shared Servers appeared in the side bar.
Jan 19, PM. Interestingly, in my experience, using the method described above of unchecking the "Show Connected Servers" box in the Finder Preferences makes no difference in what I can put in the sidebar.
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I was able to move a sub-folder of a shared disk to the Favorites section of the Finder Sidebar, but nothing else. I could not add the shard disk itself to the sidebar — either to the devices, favorites, or any other section, and I could only add a subfolder of the shared disk to the favorites section — not to the devices section or any other section.
This was the same whether I had "Show Connected Servers" checked or not.