Archived - Workgroup Manager: How to Add Volumes for Mount at Login

This document explains how to configure additional server volumes to mount at login when managing Mac OS X computers via Workgroup Manager.
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There are two ways to mount additional volumes while logging into a managed Mac OS X client system: automounts or the Login Items managed preference feature. The Group Folder (or Group Volume) is not covered by this document. For the Group Volume, see technical document 107307, "Mac OS X Server 10.2: How to Configure the Group Volume to Mount When Logging In".


Using automounts

Share points set to automount are made available to bound clients at startup and automatically mount when accessed. The item can be accessed by navigating to it in the Finder or by opening an application that looks in this specific location.

Refer to page 225 of the Server Admin Guide v10.2.3 for steps for setting up automounts in Mac OS X Server. You may download the guide from document 120174.

Optionally, you may also add the share point to the user's dock for easy access. It's recommended to configure this from an administrator's client computer, rather than at the server itself. To do that, follow these steps:
    1. Log in on a client or admin computer that has this share point automounted.
    2. Open Workgroup Manager, and connect to the server.
    3. Select the user, group, or computer list for which you would like to manage this setting.
    4. Select Preferences.
    5. Select Dock.
    6. Under the Dock Items tab, drag the volume (from a local Finder window) into the Documents and Folders list.

    Note: The location of the volume in the local file system must match the location of the volume on the client systems. This is why it's not recommended to perform these steps from the server itself.

    7. Save the changes by clicking Apply Now.


Login Items

You can use these steps to mount an additional volume without automount.
    1. Connect to the server volume(s) you would like to automatically mount at login. It's recommended to do this from an administrator's client computer, rather than at the server itself.
    2. Open Workgroup Manager, and connect to the server.
    3. Select the user, group, or computer list you would like to manage this setting for.
    4. Select Preferences.
    5. Select Login.
    6. Under the Login Items tab, drag the volume (from the Finder) into the Login Items list. The kind will appear as "Unknown," which is expected behavior.
    7. Save the changes by clicking Apply Now.

Optionally, you may add the share point to the user's dock for easy access.
    1. In Workgroup Manager, select Preferences.
    2. Select Dock.
    3. Under the Dock Items tab, drag the volume (from the Finder) into the Documents and Folders list.
    4. Save the changes (Apply Now).

When a user logs into the managed account, she sees a Connect To dialog. This is expected behavior, and the user can then authenticate or log in as a guest.

Note: The account used to authenticate (in step 1) will appear in the Connect To dialog box, which is expected behavior. The user can edit the login information and authenticate as needed.

Keychain

When using the Login Items solution, the user may also choose to add the password to her keychain. To do this, click the Options button in the Connect To dialog.
Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
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