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Map a Drive to Your Website Files (www) - Windows

In order to map your drive, your computer must be on the domain (i.e. on campus). If your computer is not on the domain you can access your directory on www with a Secure FTP program such as FileZilla.

Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1

1. From your Desktop, open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in bottom left task tray:

open file explorer  

2. In the Left side menu, right click on Network and select Map Network Drive:

right click network and select map network drive

3. In the "Drive" pull-down menu select a letter (in this case the letter "I" is selected). You may select any letter that is not currently being used.

4. In the "Folder" field, type: \\www\www\directoryname
(e.g. \\www\www\ict is used to map a drive for\ict):

map a drive - vista  

5. If you want the drive to be mapped every time you use your computer, then select "Reconnect at login."

6. Click "Finish."

To access/view your new drive:

  1. From your Desktop open File Explorer by clicking the folder icon in left bottom task tray.
  2. Your newly mapped drive should now be displayed as a drive under "Network Location."

If it does not appear, you may need to adjust the authentication level required for mapping to Unix servers.


In order to complete the automatic installation, you must be logged in as an "Administrator." To modify the authentications settings automatically, download and install the file.

  1. Open the Run command and type "secpol.msc."
  2. Press "continue" when prompted.
  3. Click on "Local Policies" --> "Security Options"
  4. Navigate to the policy "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level" and open it.
  5. Change this to "LM and NTLM - use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated."
  6. Press OK.
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