How to map a network share to a drive letter on a Windows computer.
Unsure of the network path? Check for common server names on the accessing network storage shares page.
- Click the Windows Start button, lower left corner of the screen.
- Next, right-click on Computer and from the list of options select Map network drive.
- The Map Network Drive window appears. From the Drive drop-down menu, select an available, unassigned letter.
- Next, enter the network path of the share you want to map. Remember the network path consists of the server name, followed by the share name, in the following form:
Alternately, you may browse to the correct folder. To browse to a folder enter the share name then click Browse...
Example, if the folder is on FS001, enter \\fs001\ as the share name then click Browse...
- If you are mapping this drive on a computer that stays on campus, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is checked. If this drive will be accessed from off-campus using VPN, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is unchecked.
- If prompted, in the user name field, enter amherst\ followed by your Amherst username.
Enter your Amherst password in the Password field, and click OK.
- Last click Finish.
Once you've mapped a drive you should create a shortcut to it. Right-click on the drive icon in Computer and select Create Shortcut. Put the shortcut on your Desktop. Then, to reconnect to the drive during subsequent VPN sessions, simply double-click on the shortcut.
If off-campus, be sure to create a VPN connection to the college network before trying to access a network share.