a Temporary Connection to an NFS Server
NFS is designed to let the operating system connect to and disconnect from
servers automatically. If necessary, you can also mount a share manually, for
example if you need server files only temporarily.
Connecting via the Finder
Perform the following steps to establish an NFS connection via the Finder:
- In the Finder, select the menu item Go > Connect to server… or
press the key combination ⌘+K.
- Enter the address of the server share in form of an URI, i.e. following
server must be replaced by the DNS name or the IP
address of the server, and
/share/path must be replaced by
the path of the respective NFS share.
The Finder is not capable of processing additional settings like mount point
or mount options. For this reason it is often not possible to connect to NFS
servers which are not using BSD Unix or OS X. In this case use NFS Manager
Connecting via NFS Manager
Perform the following steps to establish an NFS connection via NFS Manager:
- Click the icon Manual Mount in the toolbar, or select the menu item Configuration
> Mount NFS Share manually…, or press the key combination ⌘+⇧+M.
You can also select the configuration topic NFS Client > Active
Mounts and press the button Manual Mount under the table.
- The panel Manual NFS Mount will appear. Use the Mode buttons
to select whether the mount operation should take place for all users, or
for you only. In the first case, you'll need a valid administrator password,
in the latter case, both participating computers have to be part of the same
Kerberos realm and you'll need a valid Kerberos ticket.
- Enter the DNS name or the IP address of the server to which the connection
should be made into the field NFS Server. If you know that the
server advertizes its NFS services via Bonjour in the local network, you
can also press the button Select… and choose the server from
- Specify the name of the share you want to mount at the field Share
The name is the absolute BSD path on the server side. If you don't know this
path, but the field NFS Server has been filled out already,
you can also press the button Select… and choose the share from
- Enter the path of the folder in which the files should appear, into the
field Mount Point. This folder must exist
already. You may like
to use the Finder to create a new empty folder first. Instead of entering
the BSD path, you can press the button Select… and navigate
to this folder.
- If special settings are necessary to establish the connection, press the
button Show advanced options. A dialog sheet will give you access
large number of further options. After you have edited all settings,
close the sheet with the OK button.
- Press the button Mount. OS X will ask for an administrator password
if necessary and the connection will be established immediately.
Different from an automount, this mount is active immediately and will be
shown by the Finder on the Desktop if its preference setting General
> Show these items on the Desktop: Connected Servers is switched
on. The mount will not appear in the sidebar, however.
A server which was connected manually has also to be