How do I map my webhost account as a network share?

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. 


Right-click on your Desktop. Select New then Shortcut. In the dialog, type in \\\site-name where site-name is the name of your site (for example: demo) in the location field. Click Next.

Shortcut location

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.

Windows Authentication

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

Windows Shortcut name

Once successfully authenticated, your account will be mapped in the Network section of Windows Explorer's sidebar.

network location windows


If you are using Windows 10 and receive the error message "The file \\\NetID cannot be found.", go to Control Panel->Programs->Turn Windows features on or off->SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support then turn on SMB 1.0/CIFS Client and restart the computer.

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:// where site-name is the name of your site (in this example: demo). Click on the plus sign button to add the server to Favorites.

Finder - Connect to Server

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.

Finder - 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 - site root

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

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Last updated: 

February 11, 2019

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