Knowledgebase: Windows Issues
How to create a shortcut to (map) a network drive
Posted by Casey Eyring 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.

Instructions

  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:  \\iodserver.unh.edu\SharedFiles\
    Groups: \\iodserver.unh.edu\Groups\
    Personal Files: \\iodserver.unh.edu\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.

 

Note

Note

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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