Mapping a network drive

IMPORTANT: If you are connecting from off-campus and are having trouble connecting, first check to see if you are on the McMaster VPN. Many campus network shares are only accessible from a McMaster IP address.

Network shares that are managed by RHPCS are commonly ones that use the smb protocol. This page outlines how to connect to an smb share from the following operating systems:


Windows

Preliminary: Please follow steps 1 thru 4 on this Microsoft site.

  1. Press the Windows key and type map network drive
    map network drive start menu search
    Click on "Map network drive" (indicated by red arrow in picture above)

  2. Use the Drive dropdown menu to select a desired drive letter for the network share you are about to map.
    map network drive window

  3. Type the UNC path to the network share you want to map into the Folder field (using the format \\servername\sharename). You can also use the dropdown button at the right of the Folder field to select recent entries.
  4. Make sure to tick Connect using different credentials. You can also tick Reconnect at sign-in if you wish.
  5. Click Finish to proceed.

Enter network credentials

When the Windows Security dialogue pops up, you'll want to click on More choices near the bottom of the window until you are asked for both a username and password.

If your user account on the remote server needs to be part of a domain, you should enter that information in the following format:  domain\username, paying close attention to the backslash (\) character that separates the domain from your username, without spaces.

On the other hand, if your current machine is not on the same domain as your remote server, you can specify a non-domain username in the format  \username.

Sometimes you will be asked for your username and password twice, even though you're sure you entered the correct password. Don't worry, just do it again.

After you're sure that everything's working, you could make Windows remember your credentials by ticking the box for "Remember my credentials".


macOS

On macOS, the connection behaviour is pretty consistent and straightforward. 

  1. From the Finder app, press ⌘ K to open the Connect to Server dialog. 
    connect to server

  2. Enter the address to the server and share you wish to connect to, using the format:  smb://server.address/sharename

If your user account on the remote server needs to be part of a domain, you should enter that information in the following format:  domain\username, paying close attention to the backslash (\) character that separates the domain from your username, without spaces.

On the other hand, if your current machine is not on the same domain as your remote server, you can specify a non-domain username in the format  \username.

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