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Create a Network Connection in Mac OS


  • These instructions exclusively refer to AD accounts.
  • In order to access networks from outside the university network you need a VPN connection.

Establishing a Kerberos-session

  • The legacy NTLMv2-authentification for connecting netshares is considered deprecated and will no longer be available in the near future. Instead a Kerberos-session should be used.
  • For users from other Active Directory-domains (e.g. instead of AD... the correct domain-name must be used.
  • Variant 1: With the Terminal-Appication
    • The Application can be startet with: Go -> Utilities -> Terminal
    • In the Terminal-Application type:

      kinit <username>@AD.UNI-MARBURG.DE

  • Variant 2: With Ticket-Viewer
    • The Application can be startet with: Go -> Go to Folder... -> /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/ -> Ticket-Viewer
    • In Ticket-Viewer: Add-Identity -> <username>@AD.UNI-MARBURG.DE

Network connection with the Finder

  • In the Finder menu bar, select “Go” and click “Connect to server...”

  • Type in the address bar smb://<physical address>.
    • Select the physical address for the home and group directories set by your department or institution.
    • When typing in the physical path, replace “\” with “/”.

  • The following step is not necessary if a Kerberos-session was started successfully
  • In the authentication dialog box select “Connect as: registered user”.
    • For “Name” type in\<username>.
    • Type in your AD account’s password