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Accessing UBfs Within ResNet from Macintosh Computers

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

Problem Using Web Folders and Office 2016

Using Office 2016 for Mac to open files on UBfs after connecting using Web Folders (Connect to Server  opens files in Read Only mode. Changes cannot be saved to UBfs.

Microsoft has confirmed this is a bug. The following workarounds can be used:


Method 1: Continue to use Office 2016

1. Connect to Server cifs://

2. Select Register User next to the Connect As field

3. In the Name field, enter AD\ followed immediately by your UBITName (for example, AD\jdoe)

4. In the Password field, enter your UBIT Password


Method 2: Revert to Office 2011

If you revert to Office 2011, you can continue to Connect to Server

Getting Started

Your Mac must be running OS 10.4 or higher. Authentication to UBfs is done with your UBITName and password or a departmental account (ITorg account) and password.

Creating a Web Folder

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

  1. From the Finder, select Go, then Connect to Server.
  2. In the Server address field, enter Click Connect.
  3. You are now connected. Enter ad\UBITName and password, then click OK. If you are connecting with a departmental account, then enter itorg\MyITorg and your password with MyITOrg is your departmental account name.
  4. A folder listing will be displayed. Click on folders to navigate to your destination:
    • To goto your 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.)
    • To goto Collaboration (collab) space,  navigate to collab.

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.

If a computer does not allow for sftp connections, ftp can be used instead. This is not recommended, however, as the connection willl not be secure.

  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?

Don't know your UBITName or password? Call 716-645-3542, visit one of our two walk-in locations, or send a message.

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
Use your email, if known