If you frequently access a file server from a Mac, it is helpful to map the network drive to your desktop. There are two ways to do this. One method is only mapped for one time use and will reset after a reboot. The other method is a more permanent route that allows the mapped network drive to always appear and mount on your desktop after system reboots and user log ins.
Method 1: Mapping a network drive to Mac OS X
This method maps a network drive that will disappear if the network connection drops or if you reboot your Mac:
From the Mac OS X Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the Connect to Server window.
Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, e.g. smb://fileshares/data
Enter your userID and password (type ad\before your userID:ad\userID) and click OK
to mount the network drive
The drive will now appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar under Shared. ( If not visible on the desktop, see below.)
Method 2: Mapping a network drive to Mac OS X that remounts after system reboots
This method allows you to reboot your Mac and have the mapped network drive automatically remount and appear on the desktop. This is more persistent than the above method.
From the Finder, hit Command+K
Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, e.g. smb://fileshares/usr/userID
Enter your userID and password (type ad\ before your userID: ad\ userID) and click OK
The drive is now mounted. Continue on to map for system reboot persistence
Now enter into System Preferences, from the Apple menu
Click on Accounts
Click on Login Items
Click on the + button to add another login item
Locate the network drive you previously mounted and click Add
Exit out of System Preferences
Your network drive will now be mapped and automatically remounted when you reboot
Making the mapped network drive visible on the Mac desktop
It is possible that the mounted drive will not appear on the desktop due to a system setting. If you want the mapped drive icon to be visible on the desktop, take the following additional steps:
From the Finder, open Finder Preferences by hitting Command+, (hold down Command and press the comma key)
Click the General tab
Select the checkbox next to Connected Servers
Close Finder Preferences
Selecting the checkbox next to Connected Servers ensures that you will see the icon on your Mac desktop. Otherwise, it will only be visible in the Finder window sidebars and Open/Save dialogues
Remounting the mapped network drive with a click
A useful additional step for either method is to create an alias of the mapped network drive. This allows you to reconnect to the share with just a click.
Follow these steps:
Right – click on the mapped network drive on the Mac OS desktop
Select Make Alias
Now you can double – click that alias to reconnect to the network drive instantly. Another way to connect to the shared drives is to click on Finder, choose Go from the top menu, then click on Connect to Server. You will see a list where the server address can be added to your Favorite Servers. Click on the saved server, then choose Connect. The far right icon (which looks like a clock) has a drop – down menu to choose recent servers.
As you may have guessed, shared network volumes are treated differently by the OS than external drives and disk images, which is why this is a different technique than what you use to. You can also mount an ISO in Mac OS X access and mount smb, which allows for scripting possibilities, if you are shares via the command line interested in a more technical approach.
This tutorial is aimed at Windows users and focuses on PuTTY as our SSH client of choice.
Are you stuck behind a firewall or looking to add some privacy to your browsing? Whenever I’m off my own network I fire up an SSH tunnel back to my own servers and send all my browsing information through it. Why? Because big brother may be watching, but I can bet you someone even worse is trying to. Also, it could be incriminating if people knew how often I was checking my 9th (out of 10) place Fantasy Football team stats.
What is Tunneling? The Over Simplified Definition
When your browser (or other client) requests a webpage (or anything off the Internet) it sends a request from your computer through a series of routers, switches, firewalls, and servers owned and monitored by other people, companies, and ISPs until it reaches its destination, then follows the same (or similar) path back to your machine with the kitten pictures you asked for.
Tunneling bypasses some of the rules that these companies or ISPs may be enforcing on you by creating a direct, encrypted, connection to your tunnel server that can’t be easily peered into by prying eyes. This means that web pages that are blocked can be seen and passwords that are sent can’t be looked at.
For a much better definition, please see Wikipedia
There are other SSH clients and tools that are designed specifically for SSH tunneling and SOCKS proxying. I prefer this way because PuTTY also gives you an SSH client, which you should no doubt be in possession of anyways.
Extract the contents of the putty archive into C:\bin
An extra step that’s not really necessary- Add C:\bin to your Windows system path (if you don’t know how, skip this or google it)
Fire up the client and enter the hostname and port
Type in a title under Saved Sessions and press Save
On the left side, go to Connection->SSH->Tunnels
In Source Port enter 8080 (this can be configured to be whatever you want, just remember it)
Choose the Dynamic radio button under Destination
Press Add, you should then see D8080 in the box above
Go back to Session on the left side and then press Save to save the changes
To utilize the tunnel to its full benefit, you need to set up a SOCKS proxy in your browser. Will describe how to use the FoxyProxy proxy switching plugin. It works for both FireFox and Chrome on Windows, which are really the only browsers you should be using.
Click the General tab and enter a name in the Proxy Name box
Make sure Perform remote DNS lookups on hostnames loading through this proxy is checked – we’ll discuss this a little later
Select the Proxy Details tab
Enter localhost in the Host box
Enter 8080 in the Port box
Check SOCKS Proxy? and make sure the SOCKS v5 radio is checked
Press Ok to save
At the Select Mode drop down, choose your freshly created SOCKS Proxy
So long as your PuTTY SSH connection remains connected your proxy tunnel will be open and you will be browsing the internet just as you had before, except without a lot of restrictions placed by firewalls and greater security.
Final Note: Secure DNS Resolution
As far as I understand it Chrome will automatically use your SOCKS proxy for DNS resolution, but Firefox doesn’t by default. This means that firewalls or DNS servers could still block requests to certain websites because they will refuse to tell your browser or client how to look the remote server up. FoxyProxy should fix this due to the installation steps we took, but it doesn’t guarantee that your IM messenger, other browsers, or other internet clients will be able to securely resolve DNS requests when using the SOCKS proxy. For more information on exactly what DNS is, browse over to Wikipedia
I recommend a 3rd party DNS service like OpenDNS to further enhance the safety, speed, and security of your DNS lookups. They can protect from malware and other bad things, but they can also provide you with a ‘less restricted’ internet.
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It also can be used on any TCP/IP network to synchronize the time with any time server.
Application is a pure service application. It will run only with Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003. It will not install and run on Windows 95 or Windows 98.
It is completely transparent and runs as background process. It is controlled via control panel. To change settings, go to Control Panel, and double click ArGoSoft Time Synchronizer icon.
Application is freeware, and can be used without any restrictions.
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