Step 1: When accessing data from an off campus location the first step is to start the VPN Client: How to Set up and Run VPN.

Step 2: Go to the Finder’s Go menu and choose Connect to Server

Step 3: Type in the path to your home space on the server.

Your home path depends on your operating system version and your GatorLink username. Tip: click the “+” icon to make this path a Favorite.

Home Path for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) and above:

  • Use smb://ad.ufl.edu/clas/home/USERNAME_FIRST_LETTER/USERNAME

Example Path: smb://ad.ufl.edu/clas/home/n/neipert

Home Path for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard):

  • Use smb://data.ssrb-fs01.osg.ufl.edu/ls-home1/HOME/USERNAME_FIRST_LETTER/USERNAME

Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard) and below:

  • Upgrade to a newer OS version or install software in order to access drives. More Details

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Step 4: Click Connect, and you’ll see the progress bar for connecting to the server. The Authentication window will appear.

Step 5: Type in your GatorLink user name and password. Note: Username should be in the form ad.ufl.edu\username.


A window will pop up and display your personal files.