|Sep 27, 2011, 07:25 AM||#1|
new to mac - questions
Hi after 12 years of being a windows engineer, I've bought myself a MBA and love it; however, questions on AV and network drives...
1. I read that OSX does not really need a anti-virus app and hope this is the case as I installed one and it really slowed things down and so have taken it off.
2. In windows you would browse to a network share do a "map network drive" or a "net use", shared would be mapped and available directly from startup. I have worked out how to get my NAS shares connected and on my desktop via finder options but upon rebooting I have to go visit the share again before the 'maps' reappear - how to get them to auto re-map at startup ?
3. Can the local folders music/documents etc be made to point to a network drive ? much the same as the libraries in windows can ?
Many thanks for any advice
|Sep 27, 2011, 08:27 AM||#2|
1. I've been an OS X user for about ten years now and haven't even once had a virus, worm or trojan horse infection.
Even if the media is sometimes spreading wild stories about malevolent programs infecting macs, you'll eventually discover that you mostly have to allow the malevolent software to get installed somehow.
So you will need antivirus software even less, if you are an experienced computer user and know which files and websites to stay way from. Vigilance is the key word!
2. It's quite simple, if you are the admin:
- first connect to the network share you want to mount on startup
- upon connecting, check "Remember this password in Keychain", so that you won't have to re-enter the password manually each time
- then go to "System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items"
- click on the "+" to add a login item
- select your mounted network share from the Finder sidebar and add it
3. I don't exactly understand what you want to do, but maybe symlinks are what you are looking for!?
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|Sep 27, 2011, 12:23 PM||#3|
Last edited by GGJstudios; Sep 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM.
|Sep 27, 2011, 02:16 PM||#4|
As for #3.
Unfortunately there is no solution as in Windows where you can map just about any folder to show up in a music library, but all the Movie, Pictures ... Folders are just symbolic links.
If you open terminal
navigate to the User Folder
ln -s /Volumes/NetworkDrive/ ~/Music
will overwrite the current movie folder and now link to this new location.
Problem is you can only link to one location. Thus if you want to have some local stuff and the network stuff in the same folder you'd have to create the links inside the existing Music folder which is not exactly merging anymore.
|Sep 27, 2011, 04:30 PM||#5|
Many thanks for the replies.
I found the login items section and added the network shares and icons started popping up on th desktop when i logged in to them. Brill I thought but then all the shares opened in their own windows automatically. I went back and check the hide box on each one in the login items but the windows still open on log in. What am I doing wrong ?
re the symlinks, i want to redirect and will try the above.
|Sep 27, 2011, 06:46 PM||#6|
Although you can drag your shared drives from Finder to startup items in preferences, I find it doesn't work very well, and is irritating (because it opens the shared drive in a finder window - which you then have to close again!).
There's an app called Mt.Mounter on the app store which automatically reconnects shares and works well once you figure out how to configure it.
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