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Accessing Files

File storage on the Active Directory (AD) file server provides secure, backed up data storage for faculty and staff. Personal file storage (P: drive) is set up for those who have a computer on Active Directory. Shared file storage (N: drive) is set up for departments.

You can access data stored on the AD file servers from any computer on the University network.

Note that to access AD data files from any wireless network or from off campus, you must first sign in to the UMD VPN service.

Following are details on how to access AD data files from:

Windows Computer - On Active Directory

If you have a Windows computer that has been added to Active Directory:

  1. If you are on UMD wireless or off campus, sign in to UMD's VPN service.
    The AnyConnect VPN client allows you to sign in to the UMD VPN service immediately on starting up your computer (prior to signing in to AD). For details, see: Connect to VPN Prior to Signing In
  2. Sign in to the computer with your AD credentials (your Internet/email name and password).

    Windows log on
  3. Under My Computer, you should see the following AD drives:

    Shared (N:) Shared Network data
    Home (P:) Personal data

    Share N: drive and Personal P: Drive

Windows Computer - Not On Active Directory

If you have a Windows computer that has not been added to Active Directory:

  1. Sign in to the computer as usual (with your workstation account and password).
  2. If you are on UMD wireless or off campus, sign in to UMD's VPN service.
  3. Select START - Run

    Windows START - Run
  4. Type in one of the following and select OK:

    \\ad.umn.edu\D\Shared\ (to access your \dept\common\ folder)
    or
    \\ad.umn.edu\D\Home\ (to access your personal Home folder)

    Windows mapping

  5. When prompted to authenticate, enter your Internet/email name and password as follows:

    User Name: username@ad.umn.edu (For example: jdoe0011@ad.umn.edu)

    Password: your Internet/email password

  6. Select your Department or Home folder.

Macintosh Computer

If you have a Mac OS 10.8 or newer computer (see sidebar for information on older versions):

  1. Open up Finder.
  2. From the Go menu, select Connect to Server... (or use the "command+k" key combo).

    Mac Connect to Server
  3. Type the following path:

    smb://ad.umn.edu/D/

  4. When prompted to authenticate, enter your Internet/email name and password as follows:

    User Name: username@ad.umn.edu (For example: jdoe0011@ad.umn.edu)

    Password: your Internet/email password

 

To make the drive visible in the Finder:

  1. Go to the Finder menu -> Preferences...

    Finder Prefs screenshot
  2. On the General tab, check the box next to Connected servers

    Connected servers screenshot
  3. Click on the Sidebar tab
  4. Uncheck the box next to Connected servers
  5. Check the box next to your computer name (under devices)

    Checkbox screenshot
  6. Close the preferences window
  7. In your Finder window, you should now be able to see the D drive when you click on your computer name (under devices)

    Devices screenshot

 

To connect to Active Directory immediately upon startup:

  1. Go to your Apple menu - System Preferences...

    System Prefs screenshot
  2. Click on Users and Groups

    Users and Groups screenshot
  3. Select your username and click on the Login Items tab
  4. Drag the D drive from your desktop into the Login Items list

    Login Items screenshot

 

Rev: 05.20.15 alj