Accessing UBfs from Mac OS X Computers

Create a Web Folder to access UBfs using your Macintosh computer.

Use AnyConnect VPN before you connect to UBfs from off campus.

Creating a Web Folder

Create a web folder that links you to the top of the UBfs filesystem:

  1. From the Finder, select Go > Connect to Server.
  2. In the Server address field, enter and click Connect.
  3. Enter ad\UBITName (where UBITName is your UBITName) and your UBIT password, then click OK. If you are connecting with a departmental account, then enter itorg\MyITorg and your password (where MyITOrg is your departmental account name).
  4. Click on folders to navigate to your destination:
    • Myfiles space: Navigate to j/d/jdoe (where j is the first letter of your UBITName, d is the second letter of your UBITName, and your UBITName is jdoe.)
    • Collaboration (collab) space: Navigate to collab.

Office 2016 for Mac

If you use Office 2016 for Mac to open files stored in UBfs, follow these instructions to connect to UBfs:

  1. From the Finder, select Go > Connect to Server
  2. In the Server Address field, enter cifs://
  3. Click Connect
  4. A pop-up window appears (“You are attempting to connect to the server…”). Click Connect.
  5. Select Registered User next to the Connect As field
  6. In the Name field, enter AD\ followed immediately by your UBITName (for example, AD\jdoe)
  7. In the Password field, enter your UBITName Password
  8. Click Connect

Uploading and Downloading Files

You can upload and download files with an sftp client, such as Fetch or Cyberduck.

You can also securely transfer files with sftp, which is native to Mac OS X.

  1. Double-click on your Macintosh HD and then double-click Applications.
  2. Double-click on Terminal.
  3. Enter sftp followed by the full name of the computer you want to connect to, such as, then press return.
    If your Mac does not have the same login name as your UBITName, you will need to enter your UBITName followed by the at (@) symbol before the computer name, for instance:
  4. Enter the password for the account you are connecting to when prompted, then press Return.

To change directories on your Mac, at the sftp prompt enter lcd followed by the directory path of where the files are located.

To change directories on the computer to which you have established an sftp connection, at the sftp prompt enter cd followed by the directory path of where the files are located.

To download a file to your Mac, enter the command get followed by the name of the file you want downloaded to your Mac.

To upload a file, enter the command put followed by the name of the file you want uploaded to the remote computer.

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.