How to Map a Network Drive

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How to Map a Network Drive in Windows


If accessing from off-campus, VPN will be required.

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Automatic Drive Mapping on Campus Domain

If your Windows machine is joined to the campus domain (ad.unc.edu), no action is required. These network drives are likely to appear automatically.

If you do not see the drives (but you know your machine is joined to the campus domain), please submit a help request as outlined at the bottom of this document. Please include your Onyen and the name of your computer as shown under Start > Control Panel > System. (On newer machines, the name of your computer can be found under Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.)

If your Windows machine is a personal machine not joined to the campus domain, follow the steps below to map the drives.


Manually Mapping the Network Drives (for personal machines)

  1. Open the Map Network Drive window using the instructions for your version of Windows:
    • Windows 7 and 8: In the Start menu, select Computer, then Map Network Drive.
    • Windows 10: Open File Explorer, then click on This PC. Use Ctrl-F1 to expand the ribbon at the top of the window. Click the Map Network Drive icon.
  2. In the Map Network Drive window, set Drive to J: and enter \\ad.unc.edu\med\dom\Groups in the Folder field, as shown in the picture below. Click Finish.
    windows map drive dialog
  3. If prompted for a username and password, enter your Onyen in the following format, then enter your password:
    Username: AD\youronyen
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to map the Shared directory, using the following information in step 2:
    • Drive: S:
    • Folder: \\ad.unc.edu\med\dom\Shared
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 to map your home directory using the following information, substituting your Onyen for the last part of the folder name:
    • Drive: H:
    • Folder: \\ad.unc.edu\med\dom\Users\youronyen

Further information

The H: drive mentioned above contains your home directory. It is the same name as your Onyen username. Your folder within this network location is accessible only to you; no one else can access the data placed in this folder. Data that you want to store on the server (but do not wish to share with anyone) can be saved under the Users location.

The J: drive contains your group shared data. Here you should see a folder with the name of your group, division, or lab. All members of your group or lab have the ability to read, write and delete files in this folder. This allows you to collaborate and share data with others.

Finally, the “Shared” location is a share that is accessible to all members of the division. Anything placed in this “Shared” location can be viewed and edited by the entire division.


Submitting Help Requests

If you have problems with the mapping process, please email dom-is@med.unc.edu for assistance. If you need permissions updated, home directories or group folders created, you can submit such requests to this email address as well.

Last but not least, when an employee leaves, please notify DOMIS at the above email address so access can be removed in a timely and accurate fashion.


How to Map a Network Drive in Apple OS X


If accessing from off-campus, VPN will be required.

Mapping the network shortcuts 

To create the shortcut to the departmental file server, go to your desktop. On the top menu click Go, then select Connect to Server. A new window appears. Enter the location shown below and then click the “+” button.

apple connect to server dialog

Clicking the “+” button saves the location as a favorite. Repeat the process for the following server locations:

cifs://ad.unc.edu/med/dom/Users/youronyen

cifs://ad.unc.edu/med/dom/Shared

 Click Connect to connect to the file share.

You may be prompted for a username and password. Use the following format when entering your username:

Username: AD\youronyen

With the successful username/password combination, you will connect to the file share.

Important Note for Snow Leopard Users (Apple OS 10.6)

Apple discontinued support for Snow Leopard several years ago. If you use this outdated OS, the instructions above will likely not succeed due to advances in technology. Please contact OIS at the information below for a workaround that should facilitate Snow Leopard’s access to the departmental filespace. Users of Snow Leopard are recommended to upgrade to a newer OS.

Further information

Three locations were mapped in the step above: the Users location, the Groups location, and Shared.

The “Users” location contains your home directory. It is the same name as your Onyen username. Your folder within this network location is accessible only to you; no one else can access the data placed in this folder. Data that you want to store on the server (but do not wish to share with anyone) can be saved under the Users location.

The “Groups” location contains your group shared data. Here you should see a folder with the name of your group or division. All members of your group or lab have the ability to read, write and delete files in this folder. This allows you to collaborate and share data with others.

Finally, the “Shared” location is a share that is accessible to all members of the division. Anything placed in this “Shared” location can be viewed and edited by the entire division.

Submitting Help Requests

If you have problems with the mapping process, please email dom-is@med.unc.edu for assistance. If you need permissions updated, home directories or group folders created, you can submit such requests to this email address as well.

Last but not least, when an employee leaves, please notify DOMIS at the above email address so access can be removed in a timely and accurate fashion.