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.

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://ad.helsinki.fi/home/u/username

where the u value is the first letter of your username and the username is your username.

For example, the username of Raimo Keski-Vääntö is rkeskiva. The address of his home directory is smb://ad.helsinki.fi/home/r/rkeskiva

Group directory 

  • You can establish a connection to the group disk in like a home directory, but use syntax smb://ad.helsinki.fi/group
  • Click Connect.
  • Enter your university username and password. Make sure that As a Registered user is checked.

ProTip: 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.

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