Mapping a Drive to a Network Share in Windows

(Mac users should read Using SSCC Network Disk Space from Macs instead of this article.)

In Windows networks, network disk space is organized into "shares." Mapping a drive allows you to use one of these shares as if it were a local hard drive. If you are logging into the PRIMO domain, most of the shares you might want to use are mapped automatically. However, there are some situations where you might want to map a drive to a network share yourself. If you are connecting to the SSCC network from home using VPN the usual shares are available but not mapped automatically. Also, there are some Linux shares you might need at some point which are not mapped for you.

This article will show you both how to map a drive to a network share, and tell you some of the shares you might want to map.

Mapping a Drive

Follow the directions for the version of Windows you're using:

Windows 7

  1. Start Windows Explorer by clicking its icon at the bottom left of the screen:
    Windows 7 Windows Explorer icon
  2. Click on Computer on the left.
  3. Click Map network drive at the top.
  4. Set Drive to the letter you want to give the mapped drive.
  5. In Folder type the location you want to map a drive to. See the table below for a list of locations you might want to use.
  6. Check Reconnect at Logon.
  7. If you are not logging in from a PC in the SSCC's PRIMO domain, check Connect using different credentials. (If you're not sure, it won't hurt to check this box regardless.) When you are asked to give your username and password specify that you are part of the SSCC's PRIMO domain by giving your username as PRIMO\username (e.g. PRIMO\rdimond).
  8. Click Finish.

Mapping a drive

 

Windows XP or Vista

  1. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
  2. Click Tools, Map Network Drive.
  3. Set Drive to the letter you want to give the mapped drive.
  4. In Folder or Path type the location you want to map a drive to. See the table below for a list of locations you might want to use.
  5. Check Reconnect at Logon
  6. Click Finish
  7. If you are asked to give your username and password specify that you are part of the SSCC's PRIMO domain by giving your username as PRIMO\username (e.g. PRIMO\rdimond).

Mapping a network drive

Locations You Could Map on the SSCC Network

Location Use Notes
\\sscwin.ads.ssc.wisc.edu\dfsroot\users\username Windows Home Directory Mapped as U: if you log into PRIMO
\\sscwin.ads.ssc.wisc.edu\dfsroot\labusers\username Windows Home Directory for Lab Users Mapped as U: if you log into PRIMO
\\sscunix.ssc.wisc.edu\username Linux Home Directory Mapped as Z: if you log into PRIMO
\\sscwin.ads.ssc.wisc.edu\dfsroot\project Windows Project Directories Mapped as X: if you log into PRIMO
\\sscunix.ssc.wisc.edu\project Linux Project Directories Mapped as V: if you log into PRIMO
\\sscwin.ads.ssc.wisc.edu\dfsroot\Temp30days Windows Temporary Disk Space Mapped as Y: if you log into PRIMO
All files deleted after 30 days
\\sscunix.ssc.wisc.edu\temp30days Linux Temporary Disk Space All files deleted after 30 days
\\sscunix.ssc.wisc.edu\web Web sites of SSCC member agencies  

You can map a drive to a specific folder within any of these locations by adding it to the location you type. For example, to map a drive to the rdimond folder within Linux temporary space I would give \\sscunix.ssc.wisc.edu\temp30days\rdimond for the Folder.

For more information about SSCC disk space see Network Disk Space at the SSCC.

Last Revised: 10/14/2015