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Shared Drive Access

Faculty and staff who use the College of Education shared drives can find instructions here on how to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) to map the College's shared drive to their home systems while working remotely.

We understand that this may be a daunting process.  Please let us know if you have any difficulties by entering a ticket at http://mycoe.ed.sc.edu/coe_ticket/ 

 

From Wikipedia:

 

Drive mapping is how operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, associate a local drive letter with a shared storage area to another computer over a network. After a drive has been mapped, a software application on a client's computer can read and write files from the shared storage area by accessing that drive, just as if that drive represented a local physical hard disk drive.

  • Once you've downloaded the installer from my.sc.edu/software, ​click on the "Setup" button.
  • You'll be asked which modules you wish to install:

 

On Windows:
Make sure that only the first option, "Core & VPN," is checked and then press "Install Selected."

screenshot of VPN installation

 

On Mac:
Make sure that only the first option, "VPN," is checked and then press "Continue."

screenshot of VPN installation

 

After Installing:
  • When you open the client and select to connect to FacStaff you will be asked to sign in using your University network username and password.
  • When you attempt to sign in it will automatically send a push to DUO on whichever device you set up when you set up your Mutli Factor Authentication with the University.
  • After you approve the DUO push, your computer will complete connecting to the University's Cisco VPN and you will be able to access the COE shared drive or PeopleSoft.
  1. Connect to the VPN for UofSC Faculty/Staff. The University of South Carolina uses Cisco AnyConnect VPN. This software is free for faculty and staff through the University's Software Distribution portal and is available at my.sc.edu/software. 

  2. Press Win + E to open a File Explorer window. 

  3. In Windows 10, choose "This PC" from the left side of the window, then click the Computer tab. 

    • This step isn’t necessary in Windows 7, because you will already see the My Computer window. Like the "This PC" window, it lists local storage and network locations. 

  4. Click the Map Network Drive button. 

    screenshot with "Map Network Drive" highlighted

  5. The Map Network Drive dialog box appears. Choose a drive letter.  

    • In the Folder box input “\\cocoed-racksrv1\department share” (without the quotes, and please notice the space between "department" and "share.") 

      screenshot of the "Map Network Drive" screen

  6. Type ds\ followed by your UofSC network username  (ds\username) and enter your password to access the network resource. You will need to authenticate via Duo. It will send a push to your device. 

  7. Ensure that the "Reconnect at Sign-in" (or Logon) option is checked. 

  8. Click the Finish button. 

  9. When the logon screen appears type ds\ then your username and password.  

  10. You may check "Remember my Credentials."

  11. Click OK. 

  1. Connect to the VPN for UofSC Faculty/Staff. The University of South Carolina uses Cisco AnyConnect VPN. This software is free for faculty and staff through the University's Software Distribution portal and is available at my.sc.edu/software. 

  2. Open a Finder window.  

  3. Click Command + K to connect to a server. 

  4. Enter smb://cocoed-racksrv1/department share (without the quotes, and please notice the space between "department" and "share") 

  5. Select a folder. 

  6. Click 'Connect'. 

Microsoft OneDrive in Office365 is an alternate way to access your files when the university VPN is down or slow, without having to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

You will have to copy files from your computer on campus into OneDrive before accessing them at home.


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