Network Storage on Windows Servers

On-Campus

While on-campus, there are a variety of other methods for accessing network storage that tend to be more convenient than SFTP once they're set up. Below are instructions for setting up this kind of access specific to your operating system.

Windows 7

Setting Up the Initial Connection

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Computer.
  3. Click on Map Network Drive near the top of the resulting window.

  4. Click on the pull-down menu labeled Drive. Select the letter you wish to use for your network folder.
  5. In the next box, type the following:

    \\server-name\f older-name

    • server-name is the name of the server (A list of all servers is at the bottom of this page).
    • folder-name is the name of the folder you want (ie "offices," "misc," etc.).
    • e.g. winfilesoffices
  6. If you want this connection to be established every time you turn on your computer, check the box labeled, " Reconnect at logon."
  7. Check " Connect using different credentials." Click Finish.
  8. In the next small window, locate the text box labeled "User name" and type your username. Type your network password into the area indicated. Underneath the username and password boxes, make sure that the domain shows up as WHITMAN.

    • If the domain does not show up as WHITMAN, in the "User name" box, type WHITMANusername where username is your network username.
     
  9. Click the OK button. This will return you to the drive mapping window.
  10. Click the Finish button. You should see a message indicating your computer is attempting to connect to the server. It may take a few moments, but that message should eventually disappear, the drive mapping window will disappear, and you will see another window which is your open Acad-server folder.

Making a Shortcut for Future Use

If you don't want to have Windows connect the drive letter when you start up, you can make a shortcut to the connection instead. Rather than go through this lengthy process each time, the shortcut will perform all the same mapping steps.

  1. Click on the Start > Computer.
  2. Look at the various drives shown in the right portion of the window. Your newly created folder should be one of them. Right click on it.
  3. On the menu, select Create Shortcut.
  4. A shortcut will be created on your Desktop. In the future, you should be able to double-click on this icon to connect to your folder.

Windows Vista

Setting Up the Initial Connection

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Computer.
  3. Click on Map Network Drive near the top of the resulting window.

  4. Click on the pull-down menu labeled Drive. Select the letter you wish to use for your network folder.
  5. In the next box, type the following:

    \\server-name\f older-name

    • server-name is the name of the server (A list of all servers is at the bottom of this page).
    • folder-name is the name of the folder you want (ie "offices," "misc," etc.).
    • e.g. winfilesoffices
  6. If you want this connection to be established every time you turn on your computer, check the box labeled, " Reconnect at logon."
  7. Click on the link just below that, labeled " connect using a different user name". In the window that pops up, type  whitmanusername where username is your network username. Enter your whitman password in the password box and click OK.

  8. This should bring you back to the drive mapping window. Click Finish. You should see a message indicating your computer is attempting to connect to the server. It may take a few moments, but that message should eventually disappear, the drive mapping window will disappear, and you will see another window which is your open Acad-server folder.

Making a Shortcut for Future Use

If you don't want to have Windows connect the drive letter when you start up, you can make a shortcut to the connection instead. Rather than go through this lengthy process each time, the shortcut will perform all the same mapping steps.

  1. Click Start > Computer.
  2. Look at the various drives shown in the right portion of the "Computer" window. Your new drive should be one of them. Right click on its icon.
  3. On the pop-up menu, select Create Shortcut.
  4. A shortcut will be created on your Desktop. In the future, you should be able to double-click on this icon to connect to your folder.

Windows XP

Setting up the initial connection

  1. Open Windows Explorer (right-click on Start button, then select "Explore").
  2. In the left column of the resulting window, click on the My Computer icon to highlight it.
  3. At the top of the Explorer window, locate and click on the "Tools" menu, and select map network drive.

  4. In the drive mapping window, locate the first text box and click on it to display a list of available drive letters. Click on the drive letter you want to use for your network folder.
     
  5. In the next box, type the following:

    \\server-name \folder-name

  • server-name is the name of the server (A list of all servers is at the bottom of this page).
  • folder-name is the name of the folder you want (ie "offices," "misc," etc.).
  1. If you want this connection to be established every time you turn on your computer, check the box labeled, "Reconnect at logon."
  2. Click on the link just below that, labeled " connect using a different user name"

  3. In the next small window, locate the text box labeled "User name" and type the following in the box:

    whitman username

    • Again, replacing username with your actual network username.
  4. Type your network password in the Password box.
  5. Click the OK button. This will return you to the drive mapping window.
  6. Click the Finish button. You should see a message indicating your computer is attempting to connect to the server. It may take a few moments, but that message should eventually disappear, the drive mapping window will disappear, and you will see another window which is your open Acad-server folder.

If you want to access a different folder on a Windows server (even the same server), repeat the steps above, but in step 4, select a different drive letter. Then, in step 5, type the name of the connection you want to make.

Making a shortcut for future use

If you don't want to have Windows connect the drive letter when you start up, you can make a shortcut to the connection instead. Rather than go through this lengthy process each time, the shortcut will perform all the same mapping steps.

  1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 from the above section, to get locate and highlight the My Computer icon.
  2. With the My Computer icon selected, look at the various drives shown in the right half of the Windows Explorer window. Your Acad-server folder (or "G" drive) should be one of them.
  3. Right-click on this icon.
  4. On the popup menu, select Create Shortcut.
  5. You will see the message "Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the Desktop instead?" Click the Yes button.
  6. You may now close the Windows Explorer window and return to your Desktop. You should see a shortcut icon for your Acad-server folder.
  7. In the future, you should be able to double-click on this icon to connect to your folder.

Mac OS X

  1. To connect Mac OS X to a windows file server, go to the Go menu, and select ' Connect to Server...'. In the resulting window, type the following in the topmost text box:

    smb:// server-name.whitman.edu

    (replacing server-name with the appropriate name - see Servers at the bottom of this page)

  2. If you wish, click the " +" button to the right of the box. This will add the server to your "Favorite Servers" list, as shown in the below figure.

  3. Click the Connect button at the bottom of the window.

  4. After clicking Connect you will be prompted for your username and password.

  5. Be patient, the connection may take a few moments. Eventually, the above window should disappear. In the next screen, you will be prompted to 'Select the volumes you wish to mount'. Select the folder you want to connect to.

Off-Campus

Secure FTP

You can access network storage from anywhere (even off campus) using Secure FTP (SFTP). Use the following info:

server-name.whitman.edu as the Host Name/Address Your email username (without @whitman.edu) as username. Your NETWORK password. Examples of server-name are "winapp," or "winfiles." 

Servers

  • winapp (replaces all applications on the acad-server and admin-server)
  • winfiles (replaces all windows storage from acad-server and admin-server)

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