Connecting to a Remote or Local Server

There are several different kinds of servers you may deal with on a daily basis. Some are local, others are in the cloud, some may need to be remotely accessed. OS X provides a native way to connect to any server, even remotely, and mount it as a hard drive on the Desktop. From here you can treat it the same way you would a USB flash or external hard drive.

To begin, click the Finder icon in the Dock.


Click the Go section in the menu bar. Roll the cursor over Connect to Server and click on it.

Connect To

From the new window, enter the network or local address of the server you are trying to access. Local servers may be found by entering

Enter Address

The clock icon on the right-hand side of the window will show you a list of recently accessed servers. The Plus + icon will add the current address to the Favorite Servers list.

Recent Servers

Once the address has been entered, click the Connect button.


A window will pop up letting you know the Mac is trying to access that server.

Connecting to Server

Once connected, the server will appear as a mounted hard drive on your desktop. Double click it to add or copy files from the server.

Desktop Icon

In order to eject the connected server, CTRL + click on the image and select Eject.


Comments [2]

  1. Hello, thank you for this post.
    I have one question.
    I have an old BenQ laptop that now using Ubuntu 9.10 Koala.
    Since I decided to use this old laptop as a server in my home (and of course I have my on wife connection) I find it hard to get connected to server (the old laptop) directly to the ip address as you mention in this post.
    What I do so far is, get connected to the server via samba which I manually connect to each folder on server manually.
    If you do not mind, I would love to get an email from you with the (step by step) instruction on how to get connected to the server as the whole file on the server will appear on my Mac.
    FYI, I am using Macbook Pro 13" Intel core 2 duo version 10.6.6

    Thank you so much.

  2. Is there any vnc veirews for pc that is faster than, tightVNC and RealVNC?I cant change my settings for the graphics in Tight/Real. It has to be 32bit graphics, and it is soooooo slow!

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