Using your NCSU Drive space with a PC

The information on this page applies to Windows 7. See also Using your NCSU Drive space with a Mac.

Each individual with a Unity account at NC State has access to an individual share on NCSU Drive. In addition, each campus unit (e.g., department) that receives managed desktop services has a unit share on NCSU Drive. This page provides the information a user needs to connect to:

  • his/her own individual share on NCSU drive
  • a unit share on NCSU Drive (if access has been granted)

Contents

Determining a drive path

Before you can map a drive, you will need to determine the correct path, which will depend on your individual circumstances as indicated below.

Path to your own individual NCSU Drive share

  • From your managed desktop machine:
    No mapping is needed. The B: drive on your workstation is already mapped to your individual share.
  • From another location (e.g., from the campus wireless network, off campus location), use this path:
    \\unityid.file.ncsu.edu\ncsu\unityid\
    NOTE: You will need to replace unityid with your own Unity ID.

Path to another individual’s NCSU Drive share

At this time, you cannot map a drive to someone else’s individual share.

Path to a campus unit’s share

If your campus unit is receiving managed desktop services, then you can access the unit’s share. You can also access another unit’s share if you have been given access privileges.

  • From your own managed desktop:
    • To your own unit’s share:
      No mapping is needed. The S: drive on your workstation is already mapped to your unit’s share.
    • To another unit’s share, use this path:
      \\wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu\oit\shares\SHARENAME\
      NOTE: You will need to replace SHARENAME with the other unit’s share name.
      For a list of these, which are case-sensitive, see Share Names and LANTechs for Campus Units.
  • From another location (e.g., desktop that is not managed, campus wireless network, off campus):
    You will first need to be authenticated to the Wolftech Active Directory environment.
    If you have a managed desktop, you already have this authentication.
    If you do not have a managed desktop, contact your unit’s LANTech or the NC State Help Desk for assistance with authentication to Wolftech and then use this path:
    \\wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu\oit\shares\SHARENAME\
    NOTE: You will need to replace SHARENAME with the unit share name.
    For a list of these, which are case-sensitive, see Share Names and LANTechs for Campus Units.

Drive mapping instructions

NOTE: Off-campus users will first need to establish a VPN connection before following these instructions. See Mapping a drive off campus for details.

  1. To determine the path that you will need to use, see Determining a drive path, above.
    You’ll be entering this in Step 5.
  2. Click on the Windows Start button.
  3. From the right-hand menu, select Computer.
    Alternatively, click on the Computer shortcut, if any, on your desktop.
  4. From the menu bar, select Map Network Drive.
    If this menu bar is not available, click on Computer in the right-hand pane.
  5. In the Map Network Drive window:
    1. From the Drive drop-down menu, select an unused drive letter.
    2. In the Folder box, enter the path you determined in Step 1. Make sure the path ends with a backslash (\).
  6. Mark the Reconnect at logon box.
    NOTE: If you leave this box unmarked, you will need to re-map this drive each time you want to use it.
  7. Click the Finish button.
  8. In the Windows Security window, in the User Name box, enter:
    wolftech\unityid
    NOTE: Replace unityid with your own Unity ID.
  9. In the Password box, enter your Unity password.
  10. Click OK. It may take a few moments for the connection to be established.
  11. In the left pane of Windows Explorer, under Computer, the share will be listed in one of these formats:
    • Your individual NCSU Drive share:
      unityid (\\unityid.file.ncsu.edu\ncsu) (Letter)
      NOTE: You will need to replace:
      unityid with your own Unity ID and
      Letter with the drive letter you selected in Step 5a (above).
      If you are connecting to your individual share for the first time, the folder will be empty. You can drag and drop files or folders into and out of this share.
    • Unit (departmental) share:
      SHARENAME (wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu\oit\shares) (Letter)

      • NOTE: You will need to replace:
        Letter
        with the drive letter you selected in Step 5a (above) and
        SHARENAME with the unit (departmental) share name.
        For a list of these, see Share Names and LANTechs for Campus Units.

Mapping a drive off campus

All off-campus users of NCSU Drive space will need to install Virtual Private Network (VPN) software, which provides a secure connection to NCSU Drive space.

  1. If you have not already done so, go to VPN Manual Installation Instructions and Downloads.
  2. Obtain and install the correct version for your operating system.
    When this is installed, continue to Step 3.
  3. Locate and open Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
    (For future convenience, you might want to create a shortcut to this VPN program.)
  4. Select the default connection address.
  5. When prompted, enter your Unity ID and password.
  6. When the connection window closes, follow the Drive mapping instructions above.

Working with files on a mapped drive

  1. Click on the Windows Start button (usually in the lower left desktop corner).
  2. From the menu, select Computer. The name of each of your mapped drives will appear in the left-hand panel.
    • If a drive is disconnected (name is marked with a red X), continue to Step 3.
    • If a drive is connected, skip to Step 6.
  3. In the left-hand pane, click on the name of the drive you want to access. If you get an error message, wait a few seconds and try again.
  4. In the Windows Security window, enter your Unity password.
  5. Click OK. The red X will disappear from the drive name.
  6. To display the contents of the connected drive, click on its name in the left-hand panel. The contents will appear in the right-hand panel.
  7. Perform the desired task (e.g., open a folder, copy a file from your computer to the NCSU Drive space or vice versa).
  8. When you are finished, follow the instructions for closing the VPN connection (below) to free up the VPN service for other users.

Changing a drive letter (mapping to a different drive)

Occasionally you may want to change a drive letter. To do this:

  1. Follow the directions for Disconnecting a mapped drive (below).
  2. Follow the Drive mapping instructions (above) as appropriate for your location on or off campus, choosing a different drive letter in Step 5a.

Disconnecting a mapped drive

Occasionally you may want to disconnect a drive. Here’s how:

  1. Close all files and folders in the drive you want to disconnect.
  2. In Windows Explorer, in the Computer window,
    Right-click on the drive you want to disconnect.
  3. From the menu that opens, select Disconnect.
    After a brief delay, the drive will be shown with a red X in the left-hand panel of the Computer window.
  4. Restart your computer to finalize the disconnection.

Reconnecting to a disconnected drive

  1. Restart your computer if you have not done so after you disconnected a drive.
  2. Follow the Drive mapping instructions (above) that are appropriate for your location on or off campus.
    If you wish, you can re-use the same drive letter if it is available.
    TIP: In Step 5b of the Drive mapping instructions, instead of retyping the path, you can select the path to the disconnected drive from the drop-down Folder menu.

Closing the VPN connection (when working off campus)

  1. When you are finished working from off campus with NCSU Drive share space, click on the VPN icon in your Taskbar.
  2. In the window that opens, click on the Connection tab.
  3. Click on the Disconnect button.
  4. Close the VPN client window.