Map a drive (access a shared resource) at IU

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Before you begin

  • The term "share" can refer to any shared computer, drive, folder, or resource. If you don't know the location/path of a share, contact its owner or local UITS support person.
  • If you are off campus, be sure to establish a VPN connection before proceeding.
  • To access network shares using Samba, follow the instructions below for your operating system.


  • If you would like to connect to the drive every time you start your computer, select Reconnect at logon in the initial "Map Network Drive" window.
  • If your computer is not joined to the ADS domain or you need to connect with a different username, choose Connect using different credentials. For the username, supply the domain with a backslash in front of the username. At IU, use the following example with the ADS domain, where dvader is the username:
  • To use Samba to connect to a remote Indiana University server from a Windows computer that is not joined to IU's ADS domain, you may need to disable LM/NTLMv1; see Use the local security settings to force NTLMv2.
  1. Open File Explorer, and select This PC.
  2. In the ribbon menu at the top of the window, choose Map network drive.
    You may need to select the three dots menu in the ribbon.
  3. In the "Folder:" field, type the pathname of the networked drive, for example:


To map a drive in macOS:

  1. In the Finder, select Go and then Connect To.
  2. In the "Connect to Server" window, enter the path name of the network drive under "Server Address", for example:
    Use only the SMB/Samba protocol (smb://) to connect.
  3. In the window that appears, choose Registered user. In the "User name:" field, enter ads\username, replacing username with your username. In the "Password:" field, enter your IU passphrase.
  4. To reconnect to the remote server at login, see Automatically Connect to a Network Drive on Mac Start Up & Login.
Remote Windows servers have to be configured by the server administrator to allow access by Mac or Unix systems.

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Last modified on 2024-04-15 16:13:21.