Remote access to home and group directory (Mac)

The Mac must be in a university network (such as eduroam) or have a VPN connection. When you have established a remote connection, you can access your home directory (Z drive) and group disks (P drive) remotely. You can process the files and folders in the directory as if they were on your home computer.

For Macs in the centralised administration, opening the home directory or the group disk is easy. First open a VPN connection and then establish a connection to the network drive just like when you are at the university, i.e., click the university menu in the menu bar and choose Open Home Directory or Open Group Directory.


Detailed help

Home directory

  • Click an empty area in the Desktop.
  • Click Go in the menu bar and then choose Connect to Server.

Yhdistä palvelimelle - Mac

You can also use the shortcut cmd + K to quickly open the Connect to server window.

  • In the Server Address: field, enter: smb://

    where the home# value can be found in the table below according to the first letter of your username, the t is the first letter of your username and the username is your username.

    first letter of username home#
    a home0
    b c d e home1
    f g h home2
    i j home3
    k l home4
    m home5
    n o p home6
    q r s home7
    t u v home8
    w x y z home9

    For example, the username of Raimo Keski-Vääntö is rkeskiva. That means the address of his home directory is smb://

Group directory

You can establish a connection to the group disk in a similar way, but use smb://, where X is replaced by the first number of the cost centre number and "h###" is replaced by the cost centre number. See the list of cost centres in Flamma.

  • For example IT Center, H907: smb://

Click the Yhdistä palvelimelle - Mac button to copy the address to the list, so you won't have to type the address again in the future. Finally, click Connect.


Enter your university username and password. Make sure that As a Registered user is checked.

This opens your home directory. To access it in the future, use the side bar of the Finder or click the Desktop and choose Go > Computer > Disk icon (named after your username).

If you loose the connection to your home directory and the directory is no longer shown in your computer, re-establish the connection.