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Mapping Network Drives

Mapping a network drive, such as your Windows H: (home) or S: (shared department) drive or your Research Storage space, depends on the operating system of the computer you want it mounted on.


In general, the command to mount a CIFS share on Linux is:

sudo mount -t cifs -o rw,user=umroot/uniqname //server/volume /mountpoint


uniqname    The uniqname of a user with the rights to mount the specified volume
  The server hosting the volume, such as or
volume   The volume to mount, such as lsa-users or lsa-deptname
mountpoint   The mount point for the share, such as /mnt

Other options can be specified as needed.

Mac OS X

To mount a network drive on your Mac OS X computer, perform the following steps:

  1. Click anywhere on your desktop to get to the Finder.

  2. Click the “Go” menu at the top of the screen.

  3. Select “Connect to server...”

  4. In the pop-up window’s “Server Address” field, enter the network path you were provided. It may look something like “cifs://” or “smb://”

    Optionally, you can click the plus button next to the “Server Address” field so you can quickly get connected to it later if you lose your connection.

  5. Click “Connect.”

  6. You may be prompted here to enter your uniqname and Kerberos password.

  7. Once you’ve established your connection, you should see a shortcut to that location on your desktop.

  8. You should now hold down the option and command keys on your keyboard, then click the new shortcut and drag it in any direction, then let go of the mouse button. You should then see two icons, the original and the alias.

    The difference between these two is the small arrow on the left icon which indicates that it’s the alias shortcut you’ll want to keep on your desktop. This is important because when you log off or reboot your computer, the shortcut you see above on the right will disappear. The alias on the left, however, will stay where it is and will always be accessible. While you may have to enter your uniqname and Kerberos password once again after a new logon or reboot, you’ll still be able to use this alias to get to your file server space quickly.


To mount a network drive on your Windows computer, perform the following steps:

  1. Click your Start button.

  2. Right-click your computer name (which should look something like “hist-1234abc” or “js-uniqname”).

  3. Click “Map Network Drive.”

  4. Select the drive letter you’d like to use by pulling down the “Drive” menu. Some letters may be unavailable as they’ll already be in use.

  5. In the “Folder” field, enter the network path provided to you. It may look something like “\\umroot\lsa\dept\clas\” (without the quotes).

  6. Make sure the “Reconnect at logon” box is checked so you won’t have to repeat this process each time you log back in.

  7. Click the “Finish” button. If you log in to your computer with your uniqname and Kerberos password, you should be finished, but if you don’t, you may be prompted to provide those credentials at this point.

If you would like a shortcut to this server space to appear on your desktop, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button again.

  2. Left-click on your machine name to open Windows Explorer.

  3. Under “Network Location” you should see the network location you just created, plus any other mapped network drives. Here you should right click the drive for which you’ll be creating a shortcut.

  4. Click “Create shortcut” at the bottom of the menu that appears.

Your new shortcut will then appear on your desktop.