General Information on Mapping a Network Drive at UVM
While a single personal files directory might be less confusing, it would also be less functional. We provide different network storage locations for different purposes. Fortunately, you can get to both storage locations from a single network UNC: \\files.campus.ad.uvm.edu\<NetID> (where <NetID> is your personal UVM network identification). Inside this share, you will find both a "MyDocs" and a "winhome" directory. These are, respectively, the targets for your My Documents and Home directories.
Network storage of "My Documents" makes it easier for users to store their files on the network. Because the "My Documents" directory is the default target for the "save" command in most applications, you need do no more than name your file to make sure that it is stored in a secure location that is subjected to nightly backups. Also, the "My Documents" directory is made available to you even when disconnected from the network! This is accomplished through the use of the "Offline Files" feature of Windows 2000 and XP, Vista, and Windows 7. All files in the "My Documents" directory are synchronized to your local computer automatically. This allows for faster access to your files, and ensures that they remain available should you become disconnected from the network. Unfortunately, "My Documents" redirection is not available to all users, and is inappropriate for some file types.
Macintosh and Linux users do not support "My Documents" redirection, and they do not support "offline files" synchronization. By contrast, the traditional Home directory (H: drive) is available from all supported operating system types, including Macintosh OS X. Some file types, such as MS Access and Lotus Approach database files, may experience errors if accessed from an offline state. For this reason, synchronization of these file types is prohibited by policy. The traditional Home directory is an ideal storage location for these file types.
Steps to Map a Network Drive
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