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How to map a drive to the RDS server (rds6.cchmc.org) in OS X.

Download a PDF copy of this document: RESITHUB-MappingRDSMac-050618-1338-15.pdf

Getting Access to a Drive

  • After being granted access to a drive, you must restart your computer before mapping a drive to it.
    If you are denied access to a drive, please restart your computer and try mapping it again.

  • Authorizers can grant access to users via the Permissions Manager.
    Authorizers do not automatically have access, but they can grant access to themselves.

  • The Permissions Manager can be accessed here: https://bmirdsdp.chmccorp.cchmc.org/dp/.

  • Instructions on how to use Permissions Manager are here: https://confluence.research.cchmc.org/x/dgNcAw.


  1. Open the Finder if it is not open already.

  2. In the menu bar, click Go, then Connect To Server:


  3. In the "Server Address" field, type the address of the shared volume (or folder) you would like to mount, beginning with smb://. Then click the Connect button. For example, if you are mounting your division's shared volume (G: drive) on the Research Data Storage (RDS) system, you might type "smb://rds6.cchmc.org/yourDivision-s":


  4. Type the User ID and Password you use to login to the Cincinnati Children's network, and click the OK button:
    Network Login

  5. You should be connected to the location you typed in step 3, and a volume icon should appear on your desktop:
    Mapped Volume Icon

  6. To create an alias of the volume so that you can easily reconnect without repeating steps 1-4 above, select the volume icon, go to the Finder menu bar and click File, then choose Make Alias:


  7. A volume alias appears on your desktop, in the future, you can reconnect to the shared volume by double-clicking this alias:
    Volume Alias

  8. If you wish, rename the alias by clicking anywhere on the icon, then clicking the text beneath the icon. A textbox should appear, enabling you to modify the alias name:
    Rename Volume Alias

  9. If you wish, drag the alias to the right side of the dock:
    Drag Alias to the Dock

Getting additional help

If there are still any issues after reading these instructions and any help is still needed, please email help-rds@bmi.cchmc.org or call the Service Desk at 636.4100 for further assistance.