Map a Drive - How to

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Map a drive to give easy access to files that are in directories other than your home directory or if you are working on a non-college administered computer. Before you map a drive, you need to know the name of the file share and you may need to know the domain in which you are working.

If you are working off campus, you need to run Network Connect client before you can map a drive.

Windows

Mapping a Single Share

All college-administered Windows computers are in the Engin domain. If you are not using a college-administered Windows computer, you may need to map drives that are in the Engin domain. Using Windows to map a drive, open Computer (or any view of a drive), and select Map network drive. Select a drive letter (Z: in the illustration), enter the share name in the Folder field and click Finish.

map network drive with Windows

When you map a network drive, use this form:
    \\engin.uiowa.edu\stuff\shared\sharename
where sharename is the share's name. If you are then prompted to Connect As…, enter:
    engin\yourname and your password.
where yourname is your Engineering login ID, not the share name.

Note that in the illustration above, Reconnect at logon is checked. This is the right setting if you are mapping a drive from your office and you want to be able to use that mapped drive regularly. Do not check Reconnect if you are mapping a drive from home, from a public remote site, or from any general assignment classroom.

Locally Administered Windows Computers

If you use a locally administered Windows computer, to map a share, use
   \\name.drive.engin.uiowa.edu\name
where name is your login ID or share name. If you are then prompted to Connect As…, enter:
   engin\yourname and your password.
where yourname is your login ID, not the share name.

Using all shares

If you have access to several shares and want to access each one as needed, from the search area of the Start Bar, type \\engin.uiowa.edu\stuff\Shared and you'll see a list of all the shares you have access to. To use any of those shares, double click the share name to see the folders and files. You can create a shortcut for this view by right clicking in the view and selecting New | Shortcut.

Linux

Using the Konqueror file browser, in the location box, use the SMB interface as shown below.
konqueror map with samba

When you map a network drive, use this form:
   smb://name.drive.engr.uiowa.edu/name
where name is your login ID or share name. When prompted to authorize your connection, use engin\name where name is your engineering account ID (Username) and the appropriate password, as in the illustration below.

authorize to map drive in linux

Macintosh

Using Finder, select Go| Connect to Server…

When you map a network drive, use this form:
   smb://login-id.drive.engin.uiowa.edu/login-id
where login-id is your login ID or share name

mac map drive connection to server

When you are prompted to authorize your connection, select Connect as: Registered User and enter ENGIN\login-id [Name] and password, then click Connect.

mac connect to map drive

Help

Call or visit the Engineering Help Desk, 1253 SC, 319-335-5055, if you need help mapping a drive.