File Server

The NMS has a file server so that you can easily transfer your collected image data back to your lab computer. This page contains has instructions for connecting to the file server from a Mac or Windows computer.

Connecting from a Mac computer

  1. From your computer's desktop choose Go, Connect to Server . . . from the menu (or press Command-K).
  2. In the Connect to Server dialog, type in the following Server Address:
    smb://nisms-01/public/YourSUnetID

    Mac Connect to Server dialog

    Note: If this is the first time you are connecting, click the plus sign to the right of the text box to add this server address to the favorites for faster connection in the future.
  3. Click Connect.
  4. In the login dialog, select Registered User, then enter your SUnet ID and password, then click Connect.

    Mac file server login dialog

Connecting from a Windows computer

  1. Open My Network Places, and under Network Tasks select Add a network place. This opens the Add Network Place Wizard.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Select Choose another network location
  4. Type in the following network address:
    \\nisms-01\public\YourSUnetID

    Network Place Wizard Address

  5. Type a name for the network place:
    nisms file server

    Network Place Wizard Name
  6. Click Finish.

    Network Place Wizard Finished
  7. If you have problems connecting, here are some troubleshooting suggestions:
    • If you are connecting via the campus wireless network, or from an off-campus network, you need to use a VPN (virtual private network) connection. Follow this link to learn about VPN connections and to download VPN client software.
    • If you have recently changed your SUnet password, you will also need to update your Samba password on the fileserver. On a Mac or Linux machine, you can open up a terminal session and type 'ssh YourSUNetid@nisms-01' [of course, you need to substitute your actual SUNet id before the '@']. Login to the file server with your current SUNet password, then type 'smbpasswd' to update your samba password. You'll be prompted for the old password, then for the new one (twice). On a Windows machine, you'll need a terminal program (like PuTTY) to do the above steps. You can also just stop by the NMS office for assistance with updating the Samba password. In the meantime, you can login to Samba with the old password.
    • Try rebooting your computer.
    • Try specifying the full network address (including the domain name) like so:
      \\nisms-01.stanford.edu\public\YourSUnetID
    • Try qualifying your login name with a domain, like one of the following:
      YourSUnetID@nisms-01.stanford.edu or nisms-01\YourSUnetID or
      YourSUnetID@win.stanford.edu or win\YourSUnetID
  8. Contact us if you are still having problems connecting.