I know, I know this sounds simple but I ran into something that just didnt seem right. I've been using "autofs" which is a way to permanently create a volume link (like Macintosh HD in the Computer folder) for network drives. From the instructions I was following you could create the mount point to be anywhere you wanted (even if it didn't exist i.e. /foo). So I thought, "if the os isn't going to pick up the network automatically, why not just create the mount point on the desktop?" So I created the point at: /Users/MyUsername/Desktop But the drive appears in the folder not on the desktop. So I was wondering is there another link to the desktop rather than the folder? Is the folder a mirror of the desktop (or vice-versa)? But most importantly, if they are different, what should I be linking to get to the desktop?