Connect to UWStudent and Classfiles Storage with a Mac


For users running non-windows based computers, such as a Mac or Linux system, Information Technology recommends and fully supports connecting to the UWStudent storage via the UW VPN Client, PulseSecure Connect. The UW VPN client provides web browser access to UWStudent storage and allows users to download and upload files to their UWStudent storage. The UW VPN client can be accessed at:

Mac users who want to map a drive or have direct access to their UWStudent storage can follow the instructions below. Direct access would be via Uwyo wireless, or an on campus wired connection. Note: This method is not supported by Information Technology and should only be used if the recommended method is not sufficient for your current needs. Accessing your data in this fashion could result in corruption or loss of data should the servers you are connected to fail or are taken offline for maintenance.


UW Student Storage:

  1. In Finder, select Go and then Connect to Server or press Cmd+K

    Finder Go window

  2. In the Connect to Server window, type  smb://userfiles/username/folders
    **Note:  change username to what your UWyo username is, example  smb://userfiles/cowboyjoe/folders

    Connect to Server window
  3. Note: cifs:// may be used instead of smb://
  4. After selecting Connect, you will see a status window followed by a Login prompt. Enter your UW credentials into the appropriate fields. Name:, where username is your UW domain username, Password: is your UW/Wyoweb password.

    Authentication window

  5. After successfully entering your credentials, you should see a window and desktop icon labeled storage$.

    Your UWStudent storage folder window


    desktop icon

    Note: The icon may not appear on your desktop depending on your machine’s settings.

Classfiles Storage:

Follow the same procedure as for UWStudent Storage, but use the following address:


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