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Connect to a Network Shared Drive

Use these instructions to connect to your departmental network shared folders.
Note: If you are connecting from off the UW network or from a different UW domain, please first connect via the Husky OnNet

Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Start button located in the lower-left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on File Explorer
  3. In the navigation pane of File Explorer, click This PC
  4. Under the Computer tab, click Map Network Drive
  5. Choose a drive letter – this is a placeholder but if your department has standardized which letter to use (“Open the P drive,” for example – a list of folders is presented) then assign that letter
  6. Paste in or type the address of the network share you are trying to access
  7. If you are connecting from off the UW network or a different domain than the share you are connecting to, please jump to Connecting With UW Credentials
  8. Network Map Drive

  9. Click Finish.

Windows 7

Map a network drive to get to it from Computer or Windows Explorer without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Click Computer
  3. Click Map Network Drive in the toolbar at the top of the window
  4. Choose a drive letter – this is a placeholder but if your department has standardized which letter to use
    (“Open the P drive,” for example – a list of folders is presented) then assign that letter
  5. Paste in or type the address of the network share you are trying to access
  6. If you are connecting from off the UW network or a different domain than the share you are connecting to, please jump to Connecting With UW Credentials
  7. Click Finish

Mac

  1. If you are not on campus, connect to the VPN, Husky OnNet (BIG-IP Edge client)
  2. On the Mac keyboard, press the Command key + k. This will bring up ‘Connect to Server’ window.
  3. Type in smb:// before the filepath, – for example:
    smb://**enter_your_filepath_here**
  4. Connect Mac to Network Server

  5. Click the + button, located at the bottom left of the window. This will add it to the Favorites in the Connect to Server window.
  6. Click Connect and enter your UW NetID credentials, if prompted.

Permanently Mount the Drive After a Restart

  1. Open ‘System Preferences‘ from the Apple menu. It is located at the top left of the desktop, click the Apple icon.
  2. Click, ‘Users & Groups
  3. Click ‘Login Items‘ at the top-center of the ‘Users & Groups’ window.
  4. Click the ‘+‘ symbol, located directly at the bottom-center of window.
  5. Click the shared drive that you just mounted.
  6. Now select the directory wish to permanently mount.
  7. Exit out of System Preferences.

Connect with UW Credentials

Use these instructions if you are connecting from off of the UW network or to a different UW domain.
Note: If you have added your drive previously but it shows as disconnected, check your connection to the VPN and then try opening the drive again.

Windows 7/10

  1. Make sure the box next to Connect using different credentials is checked
  2. Click Finish
  3. You will be prompted for your username and password – put in your username as
    netid\youruwnetid or the domain you are connecting to, for example adai\adaiusername or wanprc\wanprcusername
  4. Input the corresponding password
  5. Click OK.
  6. Network Enter Credentials