Network Shares and drive mapping
Network Shares and drive mapping

We all know how much more productive we are when we share.   The same goes in the business world when you are sharing and hopefully collaborating on files from a file server network shares.  All Mac and PCs have the capability of utilizing network shares and drive mappings from a file server.  This will not only store data for back but to collaborate on all the files in these “shares” except for H drive or Personal Home Drive.   We have not only documented a formal layout of what a typical file server sharing environment looks like from IT documentation perspective but we provided pictures below.


Drive Letters Folder Authentication Description
H \\server\home server\ Personal Home Drive Everyone
M \\server\HumanResources server\ HR and Books Tom, Joe, Larry
P \\Server\Projects Server\ Projects Larry, Tom, Mark, Junior, Joaquin, Ricky, Sef
Q \\Server\Quotes Server\ Quotes Larry, Tom, Mark, Junior, Joaquin, Sef
R \\Server\OfficeResources Server\ General Office Resources Larry, Tom, Mark, Junior, Joaquin, Sef, Ricky


PC Shares Setup


Mapped drives or shares Automatically populate with domain login.  Apple shares have to manually be setup.


file server Network Shares









Mac Shares Setup

Below is what Apple shares appear like on a Mac desktop

file server Network Shares



Select to the Go button on the navigation bar for connecting to SMB Shares.  SMB://server_name  Make sure you navigate to System Preferences, Users and Groups, login items for adding the file server network shares to “login items”.


Pro Tip:  This is an important location to remove or optimize login items that are probably slowing down your boot to desktop load time.  First drag and drop network shares.  Then remove items not necessary to boot up.  Please refer to the MacWorld article to gain more insight on the topic.

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