Desktop Network Share Aliases on OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

We need aliases to network shares at work so people don’t have to Apple+K every time they want to access the file server. IMHO, Apple fucked up when they decided the new OS would exclude mounted shares from the Desktop in deference to the new “Shared” section in the sidebar of Finder windows. As an aside, I think the “Shared” section is a stupid idea akin to Windows’ hand-holding “Network Neighborhood” bullshit.

From the 3rd comment on this post.

  1. Open Finder preferences, General, check the “Connected servers” box, which is unchecked by default.
  2. Mount network share; it should appear on the Desktop.
  3. Right-click to create alias.
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10 thoughts on “Desktop Network Share Aliases on OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

  1. Damn, so simple!!! Thanx for this, I was rather annoyed with my shares not showing up on the desktop anymore :)
    @Leon: In case you didn’t find it yet. apple-K when in the finder and take it from there…

  2. Thanks up there! Wow a whole month of frustration for nothing simply because I didn’t google the problem in certain terms. Crazy lol. Thanks again.

  3. How can I set the Show connected servers option in the finder preferences from the console (with plist editor)? It should be located in Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder… or com.apple.sidebar… I have to do this via console, because everytime I try to open preferences, finder crashes and restarts :(
    But I don´t know which variables to change.

    Cheers,
    Stephan

  4. Stephan: You’d have to issue these 2 commands:

    defaults write com.apple.finder ShowMountedServersOnDesktop -bool YES
    killall -HUP Finder

    That should do the trick. Of course, to turn them back off, change the first line to flip the boolean to “NO”.

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