You may connect to Active Directory resources at Boston University with Mac OS X version 10.2 or later. Note that you will need to know the name of the server and file share that you are connecting to ahead of time; this information will most likely be provided by an instructor if you are a student or by a departmental administrator if you are faculty or staff.

To connect, follow the steps below:

Note that if you are off campus, you will generally need to connect to the VPN first.

  1. Before you will be able to connect, you must synchronize your Kerberos password with the Active Directory. To do this, complete this online form. It will take approximately 15 minutes for the changes to take effect. You only need to do this once. You will need to follow the rest of the steps below each time you wish to connect.
  2. You are now ready to connect. To do so, go to the Go menu and choose Connect to Server.
  3. Enter the server name in the box in the format of smb://servername, where “servername” is replaced with the actual name of the server. Click Connect. In OS X 10.5 or later:connect_server
    Earlier versions of OS X:

  4. This will bring up an authentication window. In the window, enter AD for the domain, and enter your BU login name and Kerberos password. Click Connect (or OK, on older versions of OS X).
    OS X 10.5 or later:

    Earlier versions of OS X:

  5. You will then be prompted with a dialog to select the name of the share that you wish to connect to. All shares to which you have access should appear in the list. Select the appropriate share, and click OK. The share will mount as any other disk would. When you are done, you disconnect by selecting the disk and choosing Eject from the File Menu.