SOLVED Well, I was able to solve my own issue shortly after posting this message. I don't know why my searches didn't point this out, but it was as simple as creating a symbolic link (alias in OSX terms) to the share. For example: $ ln -s /Volumes/STORAGE /Users/ME/STORAGE Then, in a finder window I can drag 'n drop the STORAGE link to the devices pane on the left. Now every time I click STORAGE it brings me right to the files without any reconnecting. Now for posterity's sake, my original post: ----- Hello all, I am a long time Linux user who has just taken a job doing some basic IT work for a small company. The company uses many Mac computers (mostly running 10.6.X) and has a central Windows server to host files and software. I need to have a Windows share mounted persistently, and this has become a problem. Basically I want it to be completely transparent to the user if possible. What I've already done First of all, I have already added an SMB mount to the users login items, as well as essentially doing the same with automator. This is not giving me a persistent connection. What happens now So, with the two methods I've already tried I get a server mounted which can be seen from Finder. The main issue is that every time the server is selected in Finder, there is a delay while the computer reconnects. I understand it still needs constant communication with the server, but how do I at least minimize this delay? What I want On my Fedora Linux machine, I added a mount line to /etc/fstab which mounts the same shares whenever I login. Using the Gnome file manager I can select the folder where my share is mounted, and with a very small (almost non-existent) delay, all the files are shown. I can click again and there is no indication of a reconnection with the server. I want to replicate this behavior on OSX. What can I do? So, in the end what can I do aside from adding the mount to login items? Windows also does this easily, it is completely transparent there. Fedora Linux handles this perfectly as I already mentioned. I have found many threads on the internet with similar questions, but only the solutions that I've already tried and don't really solve my problem. I have the shares mounting on login, but why do they have to reconnect every single time you click the server name in finder? How do I make this appear just as any other mount as I do in Linux? Did any of this make sense? If anyone can help me I would be ecstatic. As would any future users who find this thread. Thanks for looking!