Remote access to your Windows home directory

This page will have documentation on how to access files in your Windows home directory remotely. Information about how to transfer files between your Linux and Windows home directories has been posted.

If connecting to a network file share on campus, the wired network and IllinoisNet wireless will provide the network security requirements for establishing the connection. If using UIUCNet or an off-campus internet connection, a Technology Services VPN connection is required before the network file share can be mapped.

Below are instructions for Windows 7 and Mac OS X.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open Windows Explorer by selecting the Start and then Computer.

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  2. Select Map network drive.

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  3. A Map Network Drive window will appear. Select a Drive letter and a Folder path.
    • For Drive: select a drive letter not already in use on your computer.
    • For Folder, input the following with your netID: \\ad.uillinois.edu\engr\instructional\YourNetID
    • To have the drive available at all times, check the Reconnect at logon box. Please remember that if you are disconnected from the Technology Services VPN, you will receive an error message about the mapped drive until you are connected to the VPN again.
    • Check Connect using different credentials.
    • Click Finish.

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  4. A Windows Security box will ask for login information for the network file share.
    • For the username, input UOFI\YourNetID as the username. The password will be your Technology Services Active Directory password.
  5. If the connection is successful, a drive for the network fileshare will appear.

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    Mac OSX

    1. Click on the network icon on the menu bar and select "open network preferences"

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    2. Click on the network adapter you are using in the left hand menu (probably Wi-Fi)
    3. Click on the advanced button in the lower right corner

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    4. Click on the DNS tab
    5. Click on the small plus under the "search domains" column
    6. Add "ad.uillinois.edu" and "illinois.edu" (without quotes) to the search domains list

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    7. Restart your computer and attempt to connect to your directory again.
    8. Open a Finder window.
    9. The Finder menu will appear at the top of the screen. Select the Go menu, then click Connect to server.

    10. A Connect to Server window will appear.
      • In the Server Address: box, enter the following with your netID smb://ad.uillinois.edu/engr/instructional/YourNetID".
      • If you wish to save this path for future use, click the + after entering the path to save it in the Favorite Servers: box below.
      • Click Connect.

    11. An SMB File System Authentication window will appear.
      • For Name, enter your campus NetID.
      • For Password, enter your CITES Active Directory password.
      • If you have a box for Workgroup or Domain, enter "UOFI".

    12. If the connection is successful, a drive for the network file share will appear in Finder.

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