Connect to Server on PC
To connect to a remote server, you must have an active Internet signal.
In many small business offices, important company data is stored on a centrally hosted server. To access the files on the server, each employee and user must initiate a remote connection to the server over an active Internet signal. Both the Windows and the Mac OS X operating systems are capable of connecting to servers over the Internet and opening shared files. Once you've made the initial connection, you can set it up to reconnect each time the computer starts up.
1. Open the Start menu and click "Computer."
2. Click the "Map network drive" button in the toolbar.
3. Click the "Drive" menu and choose the letter to assign to the server.
4. Fill in the Folder field with the IP address or hostname of the server you want to access.
5. Check the box next to "Reconnect at Logon" to automatically connect to the server each time you start up your computer.
6. Click the "Finish" button to add a shortcut to the server in the Computer window. Depending on the server's configuration, log in with your username and password.
1. Click on the "Finder" icon in the Dock.
2. Open the Go menu at the top of the screen and click "Connect to Server."
3. Enter the IP address or hostname of the server to access in the pop-up window. If the server is a Windows-based machine, begin the IP address or hostname with the "smb://" prefix.
4. Click on the "Connect" button to initiate a connection. Depending on the server's configuration, log in with your username and password.