There are three steps needed to use the Bock Labs Server:

  1. Establish an account on the server.
  2. Obtain a Static IP and Virtual Private Network (if needed).
  3. Logging onto the Server using a Mac / Logging onto the Server using a PC


Establishing an account on the server:

All users need an account on the Bock Labs server.  Current LOCI researchers already have an account set up and just need to change this password. To change the password, go to the laptop set up on the LOCI conference area table and log in with your NetID and the initial password. It will prompt you to change your password.

If you need to have an account created for you, e-mail to have one created.


Obtaining a Static IP and Virtual Private Network:

It is possible to access the network drive from computers that are not on LOCI’s or Bock Labs' wired network connections, but there is some one-time setup involved before you can access the server. 

If you are using a computer outside of LOCI / Bock Labs or trying to access the server through a wireless connection, you will have to obtain a static IP and create a Virtual Private Network (VPN). (If you are using a computer in LOCI / Bock Labs that is connected to the network through an Ethernet cable, you can skip this section and go to the next section.)

One-time Setup:

  1. Obtain a Static IP.  You can do this following the instructions at   You may be asked for LOCI’s department number.  Ask Kevin or a Bock Labs administrator like Marcia Gratz for it. 
  2. Establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.  You can do this by going to and following the directions based on the operating system you are using. You will be asked your network ID when you log it.  For this VPN, your NetID is your regular NetID but with _1 added to it.  (For example, the NetID bbadger would be bbadger_1.)  The password is the same as your usual NetID.
  3. Make sure the IP address that it the computer connects to is the same IP address (the four groups of numbers with periods between them) originally assigned to you.
  4. E-mail your net ID and the IP address to Pete Hagen at  Pete will let you know when your information is entered in the system.


 You are now ready to go. 


Logging onto the Server using a Mac:

  1. Establish a VPN connection (if needed.)
  2. From the finder menu, select Go and then Connect to server
  3. In the Server Address box type: smb:// 
  4. You can hit the + button to save the address it for future use
  5. Click Connect
  6. It will prompt you for your username and password.  Enter your NetID (just the NetID with no for your username and your Bock password that you already set up.  If you want the computer to save the password, select “Remember this password in my keychain.”


Putting a server icon on your desktop:

Both Ethernet and wireless users have the option of placing an icon for the server on your computer’s desktop.  If you do not see the blue icon after connecting and wish to have one on your desktop, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the desktop
  2. In the Finder menu, click Preferences...
  3. Select the General tab
  4. Under "Show these items on the Desktop:", check "Connected servers"


Connecting to the server on startup (Ethernet-connected computers in the labs only)

Ethernet-connected users have the option of having the network drive available every time you start the computer.  To do this, go to System Preferences -->Accounts --> Login Items.   Drag and drop the icon of the network drive onto the list of items you want to open automatically whenever you log in.

If you want a window showing the contents of your networked drive to display every time you log in, do not check the box marked Hide.  If you just want the drive available but not open when you log in, click the hide button.

If you are successful, your login items window will look something like this:


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Logging onto the Server with a PC:

  1. Establish a VPN connection (if needed.)
  2. Right click on My Computer.  (You may have to find it under the Start Menu.)
  3. Select "Map Network Drive"
  4. When prompted for the name of the folder, enter \\
  5. If you are on a computer at LOCI or Bock Labs and want to connect to the server every time you log on, click the "Reconnect at Logon" box.
  6. You will be prompted for your username and password.  Enter:
  • Username: YOURNETID  (just the netid with no
  • Password: The password you set in step 1. 

A window showing your network drive will show up.  You can create a shortcut to the drive on your desktop.