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How do I map to the S: Drive using Windows?

Disclaimer: This knowledge base entry has been copied from the Middlebury knowledge base and adapted to match the needs of MIIS students, faculty, and staff.

Link to Macintosh instructions.

Connecting to a File Server Using a Windows Computer

Note: Campus computers at MIIS connect automatically when you log-in – check the section on usage below first. For your personal computer, or if your network drives disappear, follow these instructions:

  1. You will need to be on a networked desktop or MiddleburyCollege WiFi.  If you are off-campus, you will have to connect to VPN before continuing.
  2. Open File Explorer and right-click on “This PC”.
  3. Select “Map Network Drive” from the drop-down menu. The “Map Network Drive” window opens.
  4. In the “Drive” drop-down list, select “S:” or any unused drive letter.
  5. In the “Folder” field type \\miisfiles.middlebury.edu\miisfiles
  6. To reconnect to the server each time you start your computer, click to check “Reconnect at login”. This is helpful if you will use the file server on a regular basis.
  7. If you are using a personally owned computer, you must do the following. This is also useful for persons who maintain files for a department or organization.
    1. Click “Connect using different credentials” (or “Different user name” for XP). The “Connect As” dialog box opens.
    2. In the “User name” field, type your College username in midd\username format.
    3. In the “Password” field, type your network password.
    4. Click OK. The “Connect As” dialog box closes.
  8. Click Finish.

Mapping a network drive creates a connection between your computer and the file server. Then you can move files back and forth to the network just like you would with a USB flash drive or other storage media.

The Contents of Miisfiles

When you open File Explorer and double-click on MIISFiles (S:) (\\miisfiles.middlebury.edu\miisfiles) you will see a list of folders like this:

File structure

More information is available about the content and structure of Middfiles.

Using a Mapped Network Drive

To save time, create a shortcut to the file server space.

  1. Double-click the My Computer (on XP) or Computer (Windows 7)  icon on your desktop or Start Menu.
  2. Right-click the desired file server space, and select Create Shortcut from the pop-up menu.
  3. The Shortcut window displays the message Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead? Click Yes, the shortcut appears on the desktop.
  4. To connect to a file server after your computer has been restarted, simply double-click the shortcut to it on your desktop.

Once a drive is mapped you can save files to your storage space by using a drag-and-drop method or by saving files directly to it from an application.

Disconnect a Mapped Network Drive

It shouldn’t be necessary to disconnect a mapped network drive unless you will be working off-campus without VPN. In this situation (off-campus + no VPN) disconnecting a network drive may speed-up your computer.

  1. Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
  2. Right-click on the icon for the drive, then select Disconnect from the pop-up menu. The icon for the drive disappears from the My Computer window.

Saving a File to a File Server Folder Using a Windows Computer

Networked file servers are provided at Middlebury College to give everyone a personal folder for data storage and to facilitate file sharing for coursework and by administrative departments. To save a file in these storage spaces you must be connected to the server then move the file to the storage folder or save the file from an application.

The most widely-used file server folders are located on the miisfiles file server.

  1. Double-click the Computer icon on the desktop (on Windows 7, this icon is on the Start menu).
  2. Double-click MIISFiles (S:) (\\miisfiles.middlebury.edu\miisfiles)
    • Departments is used for departmental file sharing and storage.

Create Shortcuts to Frequently Used Folders

You may want to create shortcuts to file server folders that you use regularly.

  1. Navigate to the Computer window until you can see the destination folder you desire.
  2. Right-click the folder then select Create Shortcut from the pop-up menu.
  3. A message may display saying Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead? Click Yes.

Double-click the shortcut icon when you want to open the folder.

Windows 8.1 – Additional Resources

If your computer runs Windows 8.1 and you would like more specific instructions about how to map a network drive and create a shortcut, see Microsoft’s documentation on how to map a network drive in Windows 8.1.

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