Connecting to ACES Shared Drives

Connect to College of ACES shared drives on a Mac or Windows PC.

Connecting Windows to Shared Drive

First, if you're off campus, you'll need to make sure you're connect to the campus VPN service. Information on that can be found here: https://answers.illinois.edu/47507
  1. Open Windows Explorer, which you can do by opening any folder, or My Documents.
  2. In the pane on the left side, find “This PC” (“My Computer” in Windows 7) and click it. 

    Image of This PC in Windows.

  3. At the top of the window, make sure the “Computer” tab is selected. Click the “Map network drive” button. 

    Image of Mapping Network Drive in Windows.

  4. Select your drive letter in the dropdown, and in the Folder box enter the following, where DEPT is your department abbreviation (ABE, ACE, FSHN, or HDFS):

    \\ad.uillinois.edu\aces\DEPT\share

    Note: CPSC and NRES have a slightly different name structure, omitting the Share folder. CPSC and NRES address is as follows:

    \\ad.uillinois.edu\aces\CPSC\ and \\ad.uillinois.edu\aces\NRES\

    Image of the drive mapping window in Windows.

  5. Make sure 'Reconnect at sign-in' is checked. 

    If you're using a University computer, click Finish and you're all set here. If you're using a personal computer, continue reading.

  6. Make sure 'Connect using different credentials' is checked.
  7. In the credentials window that comes up, enter UOFI\NETID where NETID is your own NetID, and your NetID password. Check 'Remember my credentials' and click OK.


    Image of Windows Credentials.

  8. When the drive is mapped, it will appear in the This PC tab.

    An image of a mapped drive in Windows.

Connecting macOS to Shared Drive

First, if you're off campus, you'll need to make sure you're connect to the campus VPN service. Information on that can be found here: https://answers.illinois.edu/47629

  1. Click in a blank space on your desktop to make sure Finder is selected. 
  2. In the menu at the top, click the 'Go' tab and go down to 'Connect to Server...' at the bottom of the list.

    Image of Connect to Server on macOS.

  3. In the window, enter the following, where DEPT is your department abbreviation (ACE, CPSC, FSHN, HDFS, NRES, etc.):

    smb://ad.uillinois.edu/aces/DEPT/share 

    Note: CPSC and NRES have a slightly different name structure, omitting the Share folder. CPSC and NRES address is as follows:

    smb://ad.uillinois.edu/aces/CPSC/ 
    and //ad.uillinois.edu/aces/NRES/

    Image of the server connection window in macOS.

  4. Click the + button at the bottom left to save it as a favorite. 
  5. Click the Connect button and hit OK when it asks you. 
  6. Make sure Registered User is selected. 

    Image of the credentials window in macOS.

  7. Enter UOFI\NETID where NETID is your own NetID, and your NetID password. 
  8. Check the box to "remember this password in my keychain." 
  9. Then click Connect, and you should be good to go.
  10. To reconnect to the shared drive, follow the same steps above up to Step 3, and the share will be saved under Favorite Servers. You can just select it and click Connect.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your ACES IT Pro. You can find your department's IT contact information here: https://techsupport.aces.illinois.edu/departmental-it-offices




Keywords:share, drive, ACES, remote   Doc ID:98928
Owner:Alex G.Group:University of Illinois - ACES
Created:2020-03-16 15:11 CDTUpdated:2020-03-17 14:44 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois - ACES
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