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How to Map a Network Drive in Windows
Posted by Richard Watt, Last modified by Richard Watt on 26 April 2018 02:56 PM

The following steps show how to create a local drive (e.g., Z:\) on your computer that maps to a network file share location on a UAB server. Please note: If you are connecting from outside either the UAB Campus or Hospital networks (e.g., your home) you will need to connect using UAB's secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) first.

If you are not on UAB's network, please scroll to the bottom for slightly different instructions.

Step 1: Click on the Windows Start menu, then select Computer

Open My Computer

Step 2: Select Map Network Drive from the menu

Map network drive

Step 3: Proceed to connecting the server:

  1. Choose which drive letter you want that isn't already used
  2. Type the location of the network share
  3. Check the box to reconnect at logon, then click finish.
  4. Hospital AD Users please note: If you log on to your office computer with your Hospital AD username, then you will need to check the box for "Connect using different credentials". Access permissions are granted via your UAB BlazerID. The opposite also applies. If you log on to the computer with your BlazerID and you need to connect to a Hospital server (e.g., hnas1-dpts.ad.hs.uab.edu), then you will need to use your AD account (ad\YourHospitalUsername).

Select Drive Letter Campus

If you checked "Connect using different credentials", you will need to enter your UAB BlazerID credentials (uab\YourBlazerID) before connecting. If you log on to your computer with your UAB BlazerID, then you do not need to check this box.

Step 4: That's it! The drive will now be accessible through the file explorer (i.e., My Computer) under the drive letter you chose in Step 3 above.

Off-Campus Access (Outside of any UAB Network)

If you are connecting from outside either the UAB Campus or Hospital networks (e.g., your home), you need to make sure you are already running and connected using UAB's secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) (needed for off-campus access to work) and click the "Connect using different credentials" checkbox. You would then enter your username as "uab\YourBlazerID" and password in the security pop-up window.

  1. Choose which drive letter you want that isn't already used
  2. Type the location of the network share
  3. Check the box for "Connect using different credentials". Access permissions are granted via your UAB BlazerID.

Select drive letter

You will need to enter your UAB BlazerID credentials (uab\YourBlazerID) before connecting.

Enter User Credentials



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