Connect to a CofC Network Drive - Off Campus


How do I connect to a network drive at home?



CofC network server


To connect to a network server while off campus:

  1. First, you must be connected to VPN. This will allow your computer to access campus network resources. VPN connection will eventually time out, so you will need to make the connection daily.
  2. Once you are connected to VPN, if the drive is one you are going to use on a regular basis, I'd recommend mapping the network drive for quicker access.
    • How to map a network drive on Windows
    • Note, when mapping a network drive to access off campus, enter the fully qualified name for the server. You can do this by entering behind the server name. 
  3. Once you are connected to VPN and have mapped the network drive, find and open the drive you mapped in Windows File Explorer
    1. Click the yellow folder icon at the bottom of your task bar to open Windows File Explorer
    2. Expand "This PC"
    3. Double-click on the drive you want to open.
  4. You will be prompted to enter credentials. Authenticate with your CofC credentials, entering cougars\ in front of your username.
    • IF the username defaults to your computer's username instead of allowing you to type one in, click More Choices at the bottom, and then click Use another account. This will open up another option so you can enter your CofC credentials to authenticate.


The drive will stay connected after you authenticate for as long as you are still connected to VPN.



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