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Mapping a Drive to a Unix Account Print
Tuesday, 13 September 2005

You must be logged onto Windows with the same username as your CS/ECE UNIX username. If your usernames are not sychronized, you will not be able to use samba to access your files.

Note: If you are not on a desktop directly in our domain you will need to connect to the VPN first.

 

  • You will first need to create an smb_files directory in your UNIX/Linux account. Log in to UNIX/Linix and create the directory in your home directory with the following command:
    mkdir ~/smb_files
    Only files or links you put in the smb_files directory will be accessible from Windows.
  • Click the Start menu -> File Explorer.
  • Click This PC.
  • Click on Computer -> Map Network Drive.
  • In the "Drive" drop-down box, choose the drive-letter you want to use for this particular directory.
  • Type in the full path to the directory into the "Folder" field. This should be \\unix.cecs.pdx.edu\solaris
  • If you are not in our domain and are connecting another way such as through the VPN, Click on "Connecting using a different username".
    Enter CECS\username for the username (inserting your CECS Windows username) then enter your CECS Windows password.
  • Check "Reconnect at logon" if you wish to have this mapping each time you log in.
  • Click on the "Finish" button.

All done! You are now able to access your shared directory by going to the drive-letter you mapped.

The only rule about user-defined drive mappings is that you shouldn't use any of the drive-letters that are already mapped -- such as C:, D:, M: N:, O:, P:, or Z:. If you re-assign one of them, it's possible that you wouldn't have access to your home directory (N:) or network applications.

The drive-letter you choose should be a network drive (i.e., the letter should come after the letter "L" in the alphabet).

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