What is it?
Are you and your Mac stuck in a Windows environment? Feeling a bit left-out? Diffiss helps your Mac integrate better with a DFS (Distributed File Sharing) network by letting you browse available DFS network shares on your Mac, and easily connect to them.
What you'll need
Before you go, you'll need the address of the DFS server. The server will require you to authenticate yourself in one of two ways:
- By supplying the domain name, your user name and password.
- Using Kerberos, which basically requires that your IT department has set this up to work with the Macs in the office. With Kerberos you will not need to supply any additional information.
Diffiss requires Mac OS X 10.5.1 or later.
The current version is 1.0, which you can download here. You can also access the source code in the github repository.
Once the app has fetched the DFS share information you can navigate the share tree. When you find a share that you like, just double-click it and Diffiss will tell Finder to mount the network share. You can also click on the 'Connect' button in the toolbar.
If you find a share that you want to connect to every time you login, you can accomplish this by:
- Open up System preferences.
- Open the Accounts item and select your account.
- If necessary, click on the padlock to enable changes.
- Select the Start items tab. This is where you'll drag the link to the share.
- Mount the share through Diffiss.
- In the Finder window that appears, click on the small icon at the top of the window (next to the name) and drag it to the list of startup items.
On Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard you can't just drag the link over; you'll have to click the '+' button to create a new item and then drag the link over to the created item.
Using the source code you can easily build your own custom versions of Diffiss (with a pre-determined server and domain, for example).
Diffiss is free and open-source but donations are very appreciated. Thank you!