Mounting network drives
- To use the central disk space which is offered, you must connect to the network drives to which you have access. You need to "mount" your network drives.
- When a network drive is mounted, you will see the drive letter and/or disk name associated with the disk space in the (Windows) Explorer or (Mac) Finder. You can then open files or save them on the network drive.
- A number of network drives are mounted automatically on Athena and on all (Windows) PCs installed using the rollout and joined to the Active Directory domain. Consult the table below.
- You will have to add NEW network drives.
- Via Athena: cf. Network drives via Athena.
- Locally on your PC, Mac, Linux system. You can mount drives on every Windows computer, every Mac with MacOS X or higher and every computer that can mount network drives via the SMB protocol. Make sure the computer is connected correctly to the UGentNet (in the UGent buildings or after setting up a VPN connection).
Mounting on a Windows device
When you mount you map a drive letter to a network drive. Following letters are not allowed: A, B, C, G, H, S, W, X, Y and Z.
A number of drive letters are reserved.
|G:-drive||for the UGent Global Namespace
Thanks to the UGent Global Namespace you have access to all your network drives and folders via only one drivemapping, i.e.:
\\files\<login name>Note: if you make use of the UGent Global Namespace and at the same time mount network drives separately, you will see the same content more than once in the (Windows) Explorer.
|S:-drive||only for UGent staff: grouping all your shares;
is mounted automatically on Athena and on all (Windows) PCs installed using the rollout and joined to the Active Directory domain. Drivemapping is:
\\files\<login name>\sharesThe S:-drive corresponds to G:\shares.
|H:-drive||for your homedrive, personal disk space;
is mounted automatically on Athena and on all (Windows) PCs installed using the rollout and joined to the Active Directory domain.
The H:-drive corresponds to G:\home.
|W:-drive||for your personal web space
The W:-drive can also be found in the folder G:\WWW.
Windows XP, 2000 or NT
- Right click on My Computer and choose Map Network drive.
In the dialogue box that appears, next to Path,
type (for example):
- Click on Connect using a different user name or click in the field Connect As and enter ugent.be\<your login name>.
- Click OK and enter your password when asked.
On a Mac (MacOS X or higher)
Mac OS X does not use a drive letter but a drive name to refer to a mounted network drive.
On a Mac you should mount each of your network drives separately.
Mounting 'files.ugent.be' (an aggregation of all the shares you can access) does not work properly on Mac. As a result there is no equivalent for the G:-drive or S:-drive as described (above) for Windows devices.
Use this method to reach your network drives:
- With the Finder active, from the Go menu, select Connect to Server... .
- In the Connect to Server window that opens, next to the "Address:" field, enter the server name and your login name.
smb://files.ugent.be/<login name>/home for your home drive, personal disk space; H:-drive on Windows smb://webhost.ugent.be/<login name> for your personal web space; W:-drive on Windows. (Please read: Setting up a personal website) smb://shares1.ugent.be/<share name> only for UGent staff, for a shared drive; on Windows to be found in G:\shares\ smb://sokar.ugent.be/<share name> only for UGent staff, for a shared drive; on Windows to be found in G:\shares\vakgroep smb://bulk.ugent.be/<share name> only for UGent staff, for a shared drive; on Windows to be found in G:\shares\vakgroep
If you don't know which server name you need to fill out, please contact the helpdesk.
- Click Connect.In the authentication window that appears, type your login name and your central UGent password. Click Connect.
On a Linux system
- Install smbclient - for Debian: apt-get install smbclient
Command to use:
smbclient -U [log-in name] //files/<share name>
Mount on Ubuntu 10
- Connect with UGent using your VPN-connection
- Select 'Connect to Server'.
- Select Service type: Windows share
- Fill out:
- Server: 'files.ugent.be' in (or 'webhost.ugent.be')
- Share: [UGent login]
- Folder: leave empty
- User Name: [UGent login]
- Domain Name: 'UGENT.BE' (use capitals!)
- Add a Bookmark if you like. It allows you to reconnect faster via the 'Places' menu. li>
- Click 'Connect' li>
- Enter your UGent password. li>
- Students who sign on to a DICT workstation (read: a computer controlled by DICT, e.g. in the faculty computer rooms), will automatically obtain several drive mappings:
- H: the personal directory on the fileserver for students
- G: the root directory of the Global Namespace for students via which all directories can be consulted.
- If you wish to mount a network drive from outside UGentNet, you need to set up a VPN connection first. In some cases however additional adjustments need to be made to set up this type of connection. For a number of platforms this is true and when applicable you will find a description with the VPN documentation for your specific operating system.
- On a Windows system no distinction is made between lowercase and uppercase in filenames. On a Unix server however this distinction is made. As a consequence you have to be aware of the fact that you have to be careful when creating files on a pc and respect the use of lowercase and uppercase, although a pc doesn't make this distinction. To avoid problems, see to it that you always use unique filenames. So, never create two files, one by the name File.Txt and the other by the name file.txt, because that will generate problems.