Mapping a Web Directory Using Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer allows you to map a web directory on the University Web server ( onto your computer. This allows you to manage your files directly on the server without having to use an FTP application. Once a drive is mapped, you can view, organize, and manipulate the contents of your web directory as you would manage any other folder on your computer.

If you are off campus, you can still map a directory, but you must first connect to the campus VPN.

Note: You can map a drive only if you have a UNIX Account that has been granted access to the web server. UNIX accounts can be requested at the ITS Help Desk.

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Open Windows Explorer.

  2. Right-click on Computer and select Map network drive to open the Map Network Drive window.

    Right-click Computer and select  the Map Network Drive option

  3. Type the network path for the web directory you wish to map in the Folder field. (e.g., \\cosmos\www\faculty\jsmith\)

    Map Network Drive window, enter network path in folder field

  4. Click the Finish button. Your computer will connect to the University web server and open a new Windows Explorer window with the contents of the directory you mapped.

  5. Within the first Windows Explorer window, the mapped directory will appear as another drive listing. You may work with your Web directory from either window.

If you encounter any permission problems while working with a directory or file on the University Web server, please contact the Web Administrator.