Connecting to Personal PASS through Mac OS X 10.6 (Manual Connection)

This document provides information on connecting to your Personal PASS manually from MAC OS X 10.6.  It is recommended that users first upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 before connecting to PASS.  OS X 10.6 in no longer tested against the PASS services, which may result in unknown behaviors.

This article is intended for users of PASS on Apple Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).


This prerequisite only needs to be done once, so if you have already done this step to set up a connection to PASS for a class or club you can skip over this part.

  • Automatic System Clock Updates

    Your computers system clock must be accurately set for authentication to work with Penn State's systems. If you are unsure if your system clock is accurately set:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select Date & Time
  3. Check the box that says Set date & time automatically

Optional Items

If you are connecting from home or Penn State Wireless, you will need to install and use the Penn State VPN Client before following the steps below. Please refer to to setup the Penn State VPN Client.

Steps to Create a Connection

Step 1: Obtain a ticket

  1. Open Finder
  2. Select Go
  3. Click on Go To Folder
  4. Type in /System/Library/CoreServices/
  5. Click Go
  6. Open Ticket Viewer
  7. Select Add Identity
  8. Enter your Penn State Access Account user ID followed by (example:
  9. When prompted, enter your Penn State Access Account Password

Step 2: Mapping Network Space

  1. Open Finder
  2. Select Go
  3. Click on Connect to Server
  4. Enter the following path: nfs:// (replacing "x" with the first letter of your Penn State user ID, "y" with the second letter of your user ID and the xyz123 with your full user ID.)

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