CIFS: How to connect from Mac OS

To connect to your CIFS home directory or web space, your computer will need to be on the Duke network.
If you are not on the Duke network, you will need to connect to VPN.
For instructions, please see VPN instructions for Mac OS.

  1. Click on the Finder.
  2. From the Go menu, choose Connect to Server...
    A dialog box appears.
  3. Do the following:
    • For personal home directories, type cifs:// where n is the first letter of your NetID, and netid is your NetID.
      Example: for the NetID hiro, type cifs://
    • For web spaces, type cifs:// where n is the first letter of your web space and shared-space is the name of your project 
      Example: for the web space chemistry, type cifs://
  4. Press Connect.
  5. A login dialog appears.
  6. Log in with your NetID and NetID password.
  7. The Connecting to Server progress bar appears. When the connection is made, a Finder window opens and displays your CIFS home directory folder (indicated by your NetID) or your web space (indicated by the name of the web space).

More information about CIFS

For more information about CIFS home directories, read:
[KB0013681] CIFS home directories: technical specifications

Article number: KB0013637

Valid to: July 27, 2024