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 program. Once a drive is mapped, you can view, organize, and manipulate the contents of your Web directory as you would manage any file or folder on your own computer.

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 My Computer and select Map Network Drive... to open the Map Network Drive window.

    Right-click My Computer and select  Map Network Drive option

  3. Type the network path for the Web directory you wish to map in the Folder: field. (Example: \\www\www\faculty\)

    Note: If you have been migrated to the AD domain and wish to connect with your AD account, modify the network path so it begins with "solar".
    (Example: \\solar\www\faculty\)

    Map Network Drive window with path

  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 directories and files on the University Web server, please contact the Web Administrator.