If you wish to connect to the N: or K: drive when off campus, you will need to set up and connect to the VPN first.

Connect to your N: drive

  1. From the Finder menu, choose Go then Connect to Server...
    Connect to Server... location in the Go menu
  2. Find your N drive location using the Find my N Drive tool. Copy the full path under the N DRIVE (MAC) heading, e.g. smb://SU1.uni.ds.port.ac.uk/U4/BloggsJ to the clipboard.
    Copy your N drive location
  3. Paste the N: drive path into the input box. You can use the button to add the path to your favourite servers. Then click Connect
    Paste your N drive location
  4. You may be presented with a connection warning, click Connect Continue connecting
  5. Enter your University username and password when prompted, if you would like to remember the log in details, select the Remember this password in my keychain Continue connecting
  6. Your N: drive will appear in a Finder window once connected Successfully connected

Connect to the K: drive

  1. From the Finder menu, choose Go then Connect to Server... Connect to Server... location in the Go menu
  2. Enter the path smb://sp1.uni.ds.port.ac.uk/Public
    Enter the K drive location
  3. You can use the button to add the path to your favourite servers. Then click Connect Add path to favourites
  4. You may be presented with a connection warning, click Connect Continue connecting
  5. Enter your University username and password when prompted, if you would like to remember the log in details, select the Remember this password in my keychain Continue connecting
  6. The K: drive will appear in a Finder window once connected Successfully connected

Search domains

There should be no need to configure search domains but if you are experiencing an issue connecting, you can check the search domains have been detected and add them manually if not.

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then choose Network. Choose Network from System Preferences
  2. Choose the connection you use to access your N: or K: drive (normally Automatic), if the Search Domains is populated with uni.ds.port.ac.uk you do not need to do anything further. Check if Search Domains is populated
  3. If the Search Domains is empty, click the Advanced button then choose the DNS tab. Check if Dearch Domains is populated
  4. Enter the search domain uni.ds.port.ac.uk in the pane on the right hand side using the button the click OK to save the settings - you may be prompted to enter your admin password. The DNS tab selected and the search domain typed in
  5. Once you have returned to the Network pane, the Search Domain should now be populated. Press Apply and close System Preferences. The Search Domains is now populated

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