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Network Folders on Windows 7

Browsing a Network Folder

When an employee logs into a computer that is part of the Campus domain, she will find that drive S: is automatically mapped to a network folder containing shared departmental folders. We often refer to this as the “Shared Drive”.

If you need to access the Shared Drive without a drive mapping, you can use a simple UNC folder path in Windows File Explorer, like so:

You may be prompted to enter a username and password. Make sure that you add campus\ before your netid if you don't already see domain: campus below the password field.

Mapping a Network Folder to a Drive Letter

If you prefer, you can map a drive letter to the network folder, and you can even have the drive mapping reconnect each time you log on. To start, open Windows File Explorer, and select Computer in the Navigation Pane (left column) if it isn't already selected.

Now, either click the Map network drive button on the toolbar, or right-click Computer and then select Map network drive….

In the Map Network Drive Window that opens, do the following:
  • Select the desired drive letter.
  • Enter the UNC path to the network shared folder.
  • Indicate whether you want the drive mapping to reconnect when you logon.
  • You may need to use different credentials if the account with which you are currently logged into Windows doesn'y have access to the network folder.

If you have selected Connect using different credentials, you will be prompted for a username and password. When completed, a new Windows File Explorer window will open, showing the newly mapped drive.

Last modified November 22 2013 01:57 PM

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