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Mapping to/from a Mac (Samba)

  Asked By: Keri    Date: Jun 08    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 12376

One of my users sent me this:

Unable to map a network drive to sharepoint shares using a mac.

In windows this path is : \\server\sitecollection\Production\Networks

In mac: smb://server/sitecollection/Production/Networks

When i hit connect i get prompted from the server for my credentials, I
enter them correctly.

All result in 'volume failed to mount, the volume
sitecollection/Production/Networks could not be mounted' message.

So you know i can mount other network shares just fine. For example:

smb://server/mis/Networks works just fine, when prompted for my

I can browse to the sharepoint using firefox by entering my credentials
The user has full control on the site collection he is trying to map to.

Any ideas?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Mark Davis     Answered On: Jun 08

SharePoint uses WebDAV, it's not SMB. Windows can access it because various
combinations of Windows and Office clients install a WebDAV client. Windows is
smart enough to try that client when it's trying to connect. In order for your
Mac user  to connect  in this way they'll need to verify that there is a WebDAV
client installed, and connect with that.

Answer #2    Answered By: Delilah Mcpherson     Answered On: Jun 08

Looks like mac  osx supports webdav natively.

When mapping  you use:


when prompted  for domain auth, leave domain blank (don't ask me why)

and enter your standard username/pw from AD.
Problem solved.

Answer #3    Answered By: Gobinda Navalagi     Answered On: Jun 08

In your examples, what is the difference between <file://\\server> server
and <file://\\chserver> chserver ?

This is probably obvious, but I'm just not getting it.

Answer #4    Answered By: Rose Silva     Answered On: Jun 08

They are the server  in both cases - the important part is what comes before.
http://server (or http://chserver) uses WebDAV, \\server <file:///\\server> (or
\\chserver <file:///\\chserver> ) is SMB *except* on a Windows system where the
Web Client service is running (available on XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server
2008 only). The Web Client service intercepts the SMB calls and converts them
into WebDAV requests.

Answer #5    Answered By: Maegan Ellison     Answered On: Jun 08

It was the ch that was confusing me. I've never seen that before.

Answer #6    Answered By: Yahaira Shannon     Answered On: Jun 08

The Mac's built-in "Finder" supports WebDAV, and mounts SharePoint document
libraries just fine, but has a bug in handling filepaths with spaces in
them. I found a freeware program called MuCommander which handles the paths
with spaces correctly, but has a bug in mounting a WebDAV drive. Now I
mount the SharePoint library using Finder, then drag-and-drop files and
folders using MuCommander.

MuCommander: <http://www.mucommander.com/>

How-To with screenshots:

Answer #7    Answered By: Doris Leach     Answered On: Jun 08

Excuse me? Mac's have bugs? Say it ain't so.

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