Mapping network drives

Video Tutorial for Windows 10

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Connecting while off-campus

Install the University of Waterloo Virtual Private Network (VPN) client, then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. Enter '' as the VPN server. Click Connect.
  2. In the pop-up login window, select the 'UW-General-Campus' profile from the Group drop-down menu. Enter your WatIAM login credentials and click OK.

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Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST service desk, or ext. 44357.

If you are ON-CAMPUS, the VPN is not required. Go straight to the steps below.

These steps are designed for Windows 10. Windows 11 users can find the "Map Network Drive" option within the Windows File Explorer app. First, select "This PC". Then, the "Map Network Drive" option is accessible through the "see more" option at the top menu of File Explorer. After selecting "Map Network Drive", proceed to step 3.

1. Click on the Start button, then click This PC.

this pc window

2. Click Computer tab and Map network drive.

mapping network drive window

3. In the Drive list, select the drive letter you would like to use for the network folder.

mapping network drive list window

4. In the Folder box, type \\\folder_name.

5. Check Reconnect at sign-in.

6. Check Connect using different credentials.

7. Click Finish, you should now see this drive letter under This PC.

mapping network drive finish button

8. A box may appear asking for a username and password. Enter in domain\user_name and the password(the domain is typically 'Civil' or 'Nexus').