I've got a couple of MacBooks that I'd like to be able to read / write files on a shared network drive within a Windows Active Directory network. What's the best way of doing this?

Also, one of the MacBooks is being used by someone who is only here on a temporary basis (its their own personal MacBook), so ideally I'd like to be able to remove their access once they've left. I'm thinking setting up a new user with just access rights on what's required, then when they leave, revoking the account. Does this sound like a reasonable approach?

  • There's not a single question mark in your "question"
    – jj33
    May 19, 2009 at 14:15
  • Yes, please clarify... is this a question about how to set up the user accounts, or how to bind the machines to the directory in the first place?
    – avstrallen
    May 19, 2009 at 14:20
  • jj33, good point, I've tweaked it accordingly.
    – Pauk
    May 19, 2009 at 14:21
  • adamvs, it's mainly to do with getting the Mac's to read / write to the Windows network drives. I'm not so bothered about having full network authentication, but if that's what's involved in getting network access then, that's fine.
    – Pauk
    May 19, 2009 at 14:23
  • is it really a windows server, or is it a linux with samba ?
    – lImbus
    May 19, 2009 at 14:29

2 Answers 2


From Finder, hit Command-k, enter smb://<servername>/<share>

They need a user account, but the Mac doesn't need to be bound to the domain. Macs don't support DFS, so you need to know the actual path to the file share that you're interested in.


I was about to say that I thought it would be easiest to bind the machines to the Directory domain using the Mac Directory Utility in Applications>Utilities, but I'll defer to duffbeer703 (cos my practical AD experience ended with 2000 Server). If you get stuck, there's some good info at MacWindows.com and there's a specific forum at afp548.com.

As for your plan about using limited rights accounts for a temporary period, that sounds very sensible to me.

  • Thanks for the links, they'll come in handy. I'd up vote your post, but can't yet!
    – Pauk
    May 20, 2009 at 8:04

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