Connect to Department File Services with Mac OSX

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  1. Open Finder on a Mac (the program you use to browse your files). If you open any folder on your Mac, you will be in Finder.
  2. Look for the "Go" menu along to the top of your screen. From this menu, select "Connect to Server".
  3. You will be prompted to enter a path (address) for the share. Check with your Department's IT Support for your correct share name. The general format is as follows, italics replaced with your information:
    For your personal share, smb://
    For your departmental share, smb://
    For a research share, smb:// 
    For your network home folder, smb://  
  4. You will be prompted to log in with your Brown username and password.
  5. Your folder will open. You can open files and drag files to and from the folder.



The following instructions are optional, and can be used to improve search times on the network share.

    Optimizing file searching with Department File Services on Mac OSX

    1. In Finder, make sure you are set to use List or Icon view only.
    2. In Finder, make sure the "Calculate all sizes" box is not checked
    3. Disable SMB signing on the Mac:  From a terminal window, type the following command. This will only work if your Mac is bound to AD!

           dsconfigad -packetsign disable
    4. Change the TCP delayed acknowledgment to "compatibility mode". From a terminal window, type the following command:

      sudo bash -c "echo 'net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=2' >> /etc/sysctl.conf" 
    5. Reboot the system after making all of these changes 

    For additional search performance, you can modify the indexing of the volume.  Turning on indexing will ultimately speed your search performance.  However, during the indexing process, the performance may temporarily decrease.

    To turn on Indexing, run the following command:

           mdutil /Volumes/DepartmentName_Users -i on

    To monitor the status of the indexing process, run the following command:

           mdutil /Volumes/DepartmentName_Users -s

    To turn off Indexing completely, run the following command:

           mdutil /Volumes/DepartmentName_Users -i off

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