How do I map my account as a network share?

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If you are connecting from off-campus, you must also be connected using UIC VPN. VPN installation instructions are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Activate your site, if you haven't already done so. No additional software is needed to map your account as a network share, but if you are connecting from an off-campus location you will need to connect to the UIC Virtual Private Network (VPN) first. 


To map your account start by right-clicking on your Desktop. Select New then Shortcut. In the dialog, type in \\\NetID (use your own UIC NetID) in the location field. Click Next.

Create  Shortcut - Type in location dialog

In the next dialog, you can set a name for your shortcut. The default will be based on your NetID. Double-click on the newly created shortcut.

Desktop shortcut

You will be prompted to log in using your UIC credentials. Note that if you are in an ACCC computer lab, or connected to Active Directory, you will not be prompted to authenticate. 

Type in ad\NetID (where NetID is your UIC NetID) for the username and your UIC common password.   

Enter network password - AD Login

Once successfully authenticated, your account will be mapped in the Network section of Windows Explorer's sidebar. You can now create folders and drag and drop content to your site.

Windows Explorer window - folders

Mac OS X

On a Mac, open the Finder app and select Go then Connect to server... from the top menubar. Alternatively, press command (⌘) and K key. 

In the Server Address field, type in smb:// (use your own UIC NetID). Click on the plus sign button to add the server to Favorites.

Connect to server dialog

To connect, select the server from Favorites and click Connect.

When connecting for the first time, you will be prompted to authenticate. Use your common password. Optionally, you can save your authentication credentials to the Keychain.

SMB authentication

Once connected, you will be able to drag and drop files in and out of the folders in your account. You can also open files and edit them directly from the mapped account.

Finder - folders

To disconnect, click on the eject button next to remote server name in the Finder sidebar.

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Last updated: 

September 20, 2016

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