CIFS: How to Connect from Windows

To connect to your CIFS home directory or web space, your computer needs to be connected to the Duke network. If you are unable to connect to the Duke network, connect via the Virtual Private Network (VPN). For instructions on how to do this, please read VPN instructions for Windows.

To connect to your CIFS home directory or web space using Windows:

  1. From Windows search, right click File Explorer.
  2. Click Map Network Drive (at top). The Map Network Drive dialog box appears.
  3. In the Drive list, select an available drive.
  4. In the Folder box, do the following:
    • type \\\users\n\netid where n is the first letter of your NetID, and netid is your NetID.
      Example: For the NetID hiro, type \\\users\h\hiro.
    • type \\\PROJECT-WEB\web\n\shared-space\ where n is the first letter of your web space and shared-space is the name of your project
      Example: For the web space chemistry, type \\\PROJECT-WEB\web\c\chemistry.
  5. Click to select the Connect using different credentials check box.
  6. Click Finish. The Windows Security dialog box appears.
  7. In the User name box, type win\ followed by your NetID.
    Example: win\hiro.
  8. In the Password box, type your NetID password. Choose whether to Remember my credentials or not.
  9. Click OK. The Windows Security and Map Network Drive dialog boxes close, and your home directory is displayed.

For more information about CIFS home directories, read: .

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Article number: KB0013655

Valid to: July 27, 2024