How do I connect to a network drive or file share?

Follow this guide to connect to file shares and network drives from Windows and macOS.

Many resources are stored on network file shares for collaboration, security, and data protection. Connections to these network resources are possible from most common operating systems both on and off campus. 

If connecting to a network file share on campus, the wired network and IllinoisNet wireless will provide the network security requirements for establishing the connection. If using an off-campus internet connection, a Technology Services VPN connection is required before the network file share can be mapped.

Connecting to EWS Home Directories

For instructions connecting to your EWS Windows home directory, please see EWS Labs, Remote access to your EWS Windows home directory.

For instructions connecting to your EWS Linux home directory, please see EWS Labs, Remote access to your EWS Linux home directory.

Windows 10 for Windows File Servers

1. If using an off-campus internet connection, a Technology Services VPN connection is required before the network file share can be mapped.

2. Open the Start Menu by selecting the Start Button and then type This PC. Click and open This PC.

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3. Select Map network drive.

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4. A Map Network Drive window will appear. Select a Drive letter and a Folder path. 

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5. A Windows Security box will ask for login information for the network file share.

6. If the connection is successful, a drive for the network fileshare will appear. 

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For computers on Windows operating systems earlier than Windows 10 like Windows 7, the above steps should still be applicable except for Step 1 where This PC may need to be replaced by Computer in the search menu.

Mac OSX for Windows File Servers

1. If using an off-campus internet connection, a Technology Services VPN connection is required before the network file share can be mapped.

2. Open a Finder window.

3. The Finder menu will appear at the top of the screen. Select the Go menu, then click Connect to server.

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4. A Connect to Server window will appear.

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5. An SMB File System Authentication window will appear.

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6. If the connection is successful, a drive for the network file share will appear in Finder.