How to Connect to Networked Drives

NOTE: U: Drives are no longer created for new students or employees. It has been replaced by OneDrive, which is included as part of your Office 365 account. OneDrive is accessible from any device without the need to map a drive, and it comes with one terabyte of storage! 
Some classes still utilize the U: Drive for applications that need to store data on a mapped network drive (e.g., ArcGIS, R Statistical Software). Instructors may request U: Drives for their students using this request form: Request U: Drive for Students

 

Most campus desktop computers will automatically map network drives for faculty and staff. However you may need to manually map those drives in situations like these:

  • Students who are also Employees (they will automatically map the U: Drive but not the P: Drive)
  • Faculty and staff who use laptops or home computers
  • Mac and Linux users who map to network shares using SMB
  • Some departments may have specific network shares that are not mapped automatically for all faculty, staff or students

Before you Begin

Your computer must be on the campus network (wired or wireless), or connected using VPN. If you are connecting from off-campus, first connect to Western's Virtual Private Network.

Mapping Network Drives on a Windows PC

Map your network drives by creating shortcuts on your desktop to these locations:

 

Facshare (P): \\msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu\facshare
Class (S): \\msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu\class
Home (U) for Students: \\msfs-student.univ.dir.wwu.edu\stu\your_username
Home (U) for Staff/Faculty: \\msfs-facstaff.univ.dir.wwu.edu\user\your_username
Software (X): \\msfs-util.cts.wwu.edu\software
Applications (W): \\msfs-util.cts.wwu.edu\app
Admin Applications (Y): \\msfs-util.cts.wwu.edu\adminapps
CampusWeb: \\msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu\campusweb
   

For additional departmental drives, please contact your departmental desktop support.

When prompted for your credentials, enter the following:

  • Username: wwu\your_username
  • Password: your_password

Mapping Network Drives on a Mac

Map the drives manually using Finder:

  1. Go to Finder, then select Go > Connect to server from the top menu or just select ⌘ (command) and K from desktop
  2. Enter the following for the Server Address:
    • U (Home) for students: smb://msfs-student.univ.dir.wwu.edu/stu/username
    • U (Home) for staff & faculty: smb://msfs-facstaff.univ.dir.wwu.edu/user/username
    • P (Facshare): smb://msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu/facshare
    • S (Class): smb://msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu/class
    • X (Software): smb://msfs-util.cts.wwu.edu/software
    • V (CampusWeb): smb://msfs-share.cts.wwu.edu/campusweb