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Information Technology

Mapping Network Folders and Drives

Accessing Network Folders

ETS maintains two primary file services. The first service is hosted on the Zoo unix environment, and is available to students and employees. The second service is hosted on Windows servers, integrated with the Campus Active Directory Domain, and available to employees only.

We support a number of different methods of access to these services, in order to support the variety of devices and needs that our clients have. We provide access via traditional Network Folders (CIFS), which is documented below, as well as via SFTP and web-based access. As long as you are on the campus network, or using the AnyConnect VPN, you can work with Network Folders as easily as you work with folders on your own computer.

Connecting to a Network Folder is as easy as entering the folder's address into the Start Menu search box on Windows, or "Connect to Server" on the Go menu on macOS. For example, if Rally Cat wants to access her collection of cheers in her Zoo home directory, she could use the following addresses, depending on her computer's operating system:

Zoo home directory
Windows \\\rallycat\cheers
Mac OS cifs://

Similarly, to access her "My Documents" folder in the Campus Active Directory Domain, she could use one of these addresses:

Active Directory "My Documents" directory
Windows \\\home\rallycat\MyDocs
Mac OS cifs://

Please note: macOS users need to use forward slashes ('/') rather than backslashes ('\'), and put 'cifs://' at the beginning of the address.

Mapping a Network Drive

On Windows computers, Network Folders often are mapped to drive letters for convenience. Users of computers that are part of the Campus Active Directory Domain usually see an S: drive, which is automatically mapped to a Network Folder that contains departmental folders. Links to detailed instructions for mapping a drive are provided below.

Some commonly-accessed Network Folder addresses:

Common Network Folder Addresses
Active Directory user home folder \\\home\[netid]
e.g. \\\home\rallycat
Active Directory departmental folders (Shared Drive) \\\shared
Zoo user home directory \\\[netid]
e.g. \\\rallycat
Special folder for editing web page files, which sets web permissions automagically \\\public_html
Application and utility installers, including Windows Deployment tools (LiteTouch) \\\shared\software
Microsoft Volume License agreement software \\\shared\software\MS-Vol-License

Detailed steps to map or mount a Network Folder

Last modified August 31 2017 04:19 PM

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