How to map a samba drive

Samba is software running on a Linux file server named kadath that allows you to mount your Linux home directory or other group shared directories on your Windows or Mac pc. It also allows you to do the same thing if logged into one of the Windows servers (winapp1,winapp2 or winstat1).

Mapping a samba drive on the Windows servers and desktops

  1. This is for your home directory. For a different share, choose a different drive letter (not Z:) and the appropriate share name, e.g., \\kadath\someshare
  2. Click start then right-click on "Computer" on the right and then choose "map network drive" from the pop-up menu.
  3. In the "map network drive" window select "Z:" as the drive letter to map the directory to in the "Drive:" box.
  4. In the "folder:" box type in "\\kadath\homedir" without the quotes
  5. Check the box the says "Reconnect at logon". Click finish.
  6. The drive should map at this point.

Mapping a samba drive on your Mac desktop

1) On the finder menu click on "go" and then "connect to server" (or press Command-K).

2) In the server address field type in "smb://
Where directory name is your unix home directory (homedir) or other group shared directories (ex. sdac, biostoff, comp, Proj)

To mount your home directory you would type: smb://
To mount the sdac shared directory you would type: smb://

3) Then click the connect button. This will mount the directory as a volume on your desktop. Make sure you have the option set in the finder preferences to show connected servers on the desktop.

4) To have the samba volume automatically mounted when you log in you have to:

a) Click on the apple menu and select system preferences.
b) Click on the "Users and Groups" system preference and then click on the "login items" button
c) drag the samba volume that is mounted on your desktop (ex. homedir) into the "login items" window. It should then appear on the list of items to be opened automaticially when you login

Here is a list of the most common group shared directories:

Drive S:

Drive M:

Biostat Admin

Biostat office staff
Drive Q:


Computational Space

Project Space

Shavlik group