Knowledgebase: Windows Issues
How to create a shortcut to (map) a network drive
Posted by on 16 November 2011 11:09 AM

When you create a shortcut to a shared folder or computer on a network (also called mapping a network drive), you can get to it from Computer or Windows Explorer without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

Note: These instructions are for Windows machines.  If you are trying to mount a shared folder on a Mac, please follow these instructions instead.

Before performing the steps below, make sure one of the following conditions is true:

  1. You are connected via an ethernet cable into the UNH Network (You are hardwired and physically at UNH or the IOD-Concord Office) OR
  2. You are connected to either the IOD-Staff or UNH-Secure wireless network OR
  3. You are at home or offsite and are connected to the UNH VPN.  For instructions on connecting to the VPN, read this KB article. Note: You cannot access the file server from the Student VPN.

Note: If you are connected to the UNH-Public wireless network without being hardwired, you will need to connect to the UNH VPN.


  1. Left-click the Start menu Picture of the Start button, and then right-click Computer.

  2. Select Map network drive....

    Picture of the Map Network Drive dialog boxThe Map Network Drive dialog box
  3. In the Drive picklist, select a drive letter.  We use the following drive maps:

    Shared Files: S
    Groups: Y
    Personal Files: Z

    For example, if you want to map your Shared Files drive, select drive S. 

  4. In the Folder box, type the path of the folder you wish to map:

    Shared Files:  \\\SharedFiles\
    Groups: \\\Groups\
    Personal Files: \\\files\{your username here}

    To connect every time you log on to your computer, select the Reconnect at logon check box (Recommended).

  5. Click Finish.

    1. If your computer prompts you for a username and password, enter your UNH Username and Password.  If that fails, enter your username as AD\{your username} (if you are faculty/staff) or WILDCAT\{your username} (if you are a student).

      For example, if you are staff and your username is abc123, enter AD\abc123 in the username field. If you are a student and your username is xyz123, enter WILDCAT\xyz123.

      Note: If you are a student, you must be connected on campus via hardwire, or to UNH-Secure, or to the UNH VPN. You cannot connect to the Student VPN (it won't work!)
  6. Your computer is now connected, or mapped, to the network drive.




If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, the computer you're trying to connect to might be turned off or you might not have the correct permissions. If you can't connect, please submit a ticket.

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