Connecting to the Samba server
Note that due to University networking firewalls, Samba access is only available while on the University of Florida network (either a UF network, or connected with the UF VPN )
Mac OS X
- Bring the Finder to the front
- Select "Connect to Server..." from the "Go" menu or type Command+K
- Enter smb://cifs.rc.ufl.edu
- Click "+" button to add to favorites (optional)
- Connect (use GatorLink user name and password)
Note: There is a known issue with the CIFS client in Mac Finder. The Finder software in current version of MacOS does not have a refresh button to update contents for any changes after the connection is established and disconnecting/reconnecting do not refresh CIFS contents either. A manual solution to force refreshing in Mac Finder can be found on the web, for example:
If you are using the GNOME desktop, there will be a Menu titled "Places" in the top, left corner of your screen. Click on it to open the menu, and select the option "Connect to Server...". That will open a dialog where you can select the service type, server, etc. Fill out the dialog like so:
- Service type: Windows Share
- Server: cifs.rc.ufl.edu
- Share: ufrc (for /ufrc), or homes (for /home), or orange (for /orange)
- Domain: UFAD
- Username: your Gatorlink user name
- Password: your Gatorlink password
Command Line Prompt
To mount from the Linux shell prompt, you can install the cifs-utils package (yum or apt-get) and run a command such as the following (you will need root access).
mount -t cifs -v -o user=<GatorLink Username>,domain=ufad,sec=ntlmssp,vers=3.0 <remote share>/<group> <local mount point>
where <GatorLink Username> is your GatorLink username, <remote share> is the remote folder you wish to mount, <group> is the group directory you wish to access, and <local mount point> is the local directory on which to mount the remote share (i.e. directory).
Note: that you will be asked to enter your Gatorlink password.
SMB Version Note:If the SMB dialect 3.0 does not work with an older Linux system please use vers=2.1 or vers=1.0 whichever matches your system.
Example assumes user joe.smith is a member of group smith.
# mount -t cifs -v -o user=joe.smith,domain=ufad,sec=ntlmssp,vers=3.0 //cifs.rc.ufl.edu/ufrc/smith /mnt/ufrc/smith
# mount -t cifs -v -o user=joe.smith,domain=ufad,sec=ntlmssp,vers=3.0 //cifs.rc.ufl.edu/orange/smith /mnt/orange/smith
# mount -t cifs -v -o user=joe.smith,domain=ufad,sec=ntlmssp,vers=2.1 //cifs.rc.ufl.edu/home /mnt/home
The Research Computing has a samba server located at cifs.rc.ufl.edu.
To connect to the available shares click on your Start menu. Where the search entry area is located enter
This should be all you have to do. Since you are already logged into a machine with UFAD credentials, these credentials will be used by the Samba server as well, and you should see the folders available to you.
To connect to the available shares click on you Start menu. Where the search entry area is located enter
A login box will appear for a username and password. Enter these and you should be connected to the system.
Note: Since you are currently logging into the UF Active Directory (UFAD) domain, you will need to precede your username with "UFAD\". So, if your username were normally "jsmith", you would instead enter
Note: If contents of the Samba folders change after the connection is established, you may need to click on the refresh button of your file browser to refresh its contents for the changes.