How do I map my P: drive in Mac OS?

Mapping the P: drive is important when it is necessary to access, save, and share project files. Computers on campus provided by the university and connected to the Wolftech domain automatically map this drive upon login. Computers off campus, as well as those personal computers on campus, may need to map these drives manually. In order to do this, it will be necessary have the university's VPN client software installed on your machine.

It is not possible at this time to use the Macintosh operating system itself to automatically map drives upon each subsequent logon, although you can add individual servers to a list of favorites, which you can access later if needed.

Alternatively, a second method using ExpanDrive is available which would allow you to have the drive mapped automatically every time you log in to your computer, so long as you have a working internet connection. When using this method, however, you will need to make sure that you change your password in ExpanDrive every time your Unity password is changed. Otherwise, it will fail to function properly. To utilize this method, see the corresponding FAQs page here.

Mapping the P: Drive

Fig. 1

To map your P: drive, click on Go in the Finder menu (Fig. 1), and select Connect to Server. Alternatively, you can also use the hotkey combination Command () + K.

Fig. 2

When the Connect to Server window appears (Fig. 2), in the box under Server Address, first type in: cifs://wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu/chass/projects/

Fig. 3

Note. Although you may have to map the drive again after each subsuquent logon, Mac OS can remember servers that you have previously mapped. Simply click on the button (Fig. 3 above) to add the server path to your list of favorite servers.

Fig. 4

When the computer establishes an initial contact with the server, you will be prompted to enter your Unity ID and Password (Fig. 4). Do NOT select Remember this password in my keychain, as doing so may damage your permissions. When you have entered your login information, click Connect to map the drive.

Fig. 5

The P: drive should now be mapped on your computer, and its contents displayed in a new Finder window (Fig. 5).

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