Map Network Drive

Windows 10

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

0. Ensure you're connected to the UCSD VPN, or on the campus Internet

1. Open File Explorer from the taskbar or the Start menu, or press the Windows logo key + E.

2. Select This PC from the left pane. Then, on the Computer tab, select Map network drive.

3. In the Drive list, select a drive letter. (Any available letter will do.)

4. In the Folder box, type the server path "\\example.ucsd.edu\labname" To connect every time you log on to your PC, select the Reconnect at sign-in check box.

**If the system you are connecting from is not bound to UCSD Active Directory (AD), such a personal computer, then you will need to specify your username as "AD\example username"

5. Select Finish.

Note: If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, the server you're trying to connect to might be turned off, requires the Cisco AnyConnect VPN connection, or you might not have the correct permissions. In this case contact the SSCF Team.

Mac OSX


0. Ensure you're connected to the UCSD VPN, or on the campus Internet

1. In Finder, click on Go -> Connect to Server; you can also click Command+K in Finder:

2. Enter the name of your drive in the form smb://server/share. For instance if you're trying to connect to the labname share that's hosted on example.ucsd.edu, the path you'll put in is smb://example.ucsd.edu/labname:

3. You'll be prompted to enter a username and password. Ensure that "registered user" is selected and provide your AD username and password:

You should be connected to your drive shortly! If you run into any issues, please contact your SSCF representative, or sscfhelp@ucsd.edu if you're not sure who to reach out to!