Service Desk

Remote access to University network drives

Overview

The following page gives you instructions on how to access the main University drives from outside the University network. These drives are known within the University as the P, N, S, and R Drives. 

The process is done in two stages, first installing and configuring a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client, and then either running a batch script to map the drives (on Windows) or manually mapping the drives (on Mac OS).

Below is a list of the drives and what they connect to

N DriveUniversity staff share
P DriveUniversity staff and student personal share
R DriveUniversity research share
S DriveUniversity Finance and Administration share

Virtual Private Network

The University already has comprehensive documentation detailing both the installation and configuration of VPN Software. This can be found at the following site: VPN Software.

Connecting to Network drives on Windows

1 - Download Windows Script (ZIP 1KB) to your computer
2 - Unzip the file to a folder on your Desktop
3 - Open the folder and run the MapUniDrives file it contains
4 - Follow the prompts to map the required network drives to your computer

Notes: This only needs to be done once per computer. Access to the network drives will be slower than when accessing the same files on campus and the speed will be further affected by the quality of your internet connection.

Connecting to Network drives on Mac OS

1 - Open Finder on your Apple computer
2 - Open the Go menu and select "Connect to server..."
3 - Enter the address for the drive you wish to use as follows:
N Drive smb://corpdata.its.utas.edu.au/Groups
R Drive smb://researchdata.its.utas.edu.au/Research
S Drive smb://corpdata.its.utas.edu.au/FinAdmin
P Drive smb://homedrive.its.utas.edu.au/Home
4 - Click the + icon
5 - Repeat steps 3 and 4 if you wish to connect to more than one drive
6 - Click Connect

Notes: This only needs to be done once per computer. Access to the network drives will be slower than when accessing the same files on campus and the speed will be further affected by the quality of your internet connection.
Your files on the P drive will be located in sub folders based on your username. To locate your files, open the folder labelled with the first letter of your username, then the folder labelled with the first two letters of your username. Your personal files will be located here in a folder labelled with your username. Eg, If your username was "jsmith" you would open the J folder then the JS folder, then the folder labelled JSMITH