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At our office, we have a mixed work environment of Windows and OS X machine. On Windows, you can mount network drives to common directories. For instance P: will take you to //network/pc05/projectsFolder. You can create an alias on OS X to a directory inside a mounted drive, such as this one...
//network/pc05/projectsFolder/project1
...but I haven't been able to create an alias to the shared folder itself (//network/pc05/projectsFolder).

I have tried to go to the /Volumes directory after mounting the folder and creating an alias from the mounted directory, but this doesn't always work, I don't know why, but sometimes I lose write priveliges if using that alias.

I just found out that if you create an alias to a directory, as in the project1 folder above, you can then use the Get Info (Command-I) command on the alias (with the network drive mounted). Click the Select new original button, and it will let you select the actual directory for the alias (//network/pc05/projectsFolder).

Then you just have to change the name of the alias to projectsFolder, and you have the equivalent of a mounted drive alias. I even created a folder, myNetwork, where I keep the all the aliases. Just put it on the Finder's sidebar, and you can quickly mount your network directories.
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Create an alias to a top-level Samba folder
Authored by: mizraith on Aug 11, '06 08:56:26AM
Hah! I've been trying to figure out how to do this for some time. Thanks for the hint.
One issue I have though.... say you put that shortcut on your desktop (We'll call it "P_DRIVE_ALIAS"). When you double click on P_DRIVE_ALIAS it goes ahead and mounts the samba share and voila you get P_DRIVE on your desktop as well....clutter.....

Anybody know how to make the finder not add another icon when you open a network drive alias?

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Create an alias to a top-level Samba folder
Authored by: pub3abn on Aug 11, '06 10:26:00AM

In the Finder, go to Preferences (NOT System Preferences), and click on the General tab. Uncheck the box for "Connected servers". That should do what you want.



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Create an alias to a top-level Samba folder
Authored by: emale on Aug 11, '06 03:22:49PM
Or maybe this is what you were looking for? Type
smb://user:pass@pc05/projectsFolder
in TextEdit, drag&drop it to your Desktop and you'll have a bookmark to the shared samba-drive

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Create an alias to a top-level Samba folder
Authored by: matthewroth on Aug 12, '06 06:44:28AM

for my nework drive i have been using cifs://user@drive/folder
I have a few folders on my desktop linked to folders on NAS drive.
even if not mounted i can drag and drop , it will give u the can't do that symbol, however, it will go ahead and mount that folder and add contents to it.



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Create an alias to a top-level Samba folder
Authored by: matthewroth on Aug 12, '06 06:47:33AM

forgot to mention if you do a control-k from finder and put in
cifs://user@drive (without folder)
you will get a pop-up window asking which folder to mount



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