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Campus Active Directory Services at UVM


How-To: File Server Access

Documentation, information, discussions, and announcements concerning UVM's Active Directory based File Sharing, Printer Sharing and other Windows Server platform based services.

Supported Names:
The Active Directory and Windows Services team hosts one primary file server for all departmental shares and "My Documents" data. This server will respond to either "" or "". From most places on campus it can be accessed simply as "files".

On the Windows platform, you can connect to the file server by typing \\ in the Windows Explorer address bar, or in the Windows Start menu.

Macintosh clients require file servers to be accessed using web-style URLs instead. When connecting to "files" from the Mac Finder, your path will always begin with "smb://". "cifs://" also can be used. The two different paths should provide identical file access experiences.

Common Paths:
Commonly used shares under this root path are:

  • \\\shared | smb:// - The parent share for all departmental shared directories.
  • \\\software | smb:// - A share for the distribution of University-supported software. This includes:
  • \\\software\Windows_Deployment_Services - A directory hosting documentation and support files for the deployment of Windows operating systems to University computers.
  • \\\mca | smb:// - The "Microsoft Campus Agreement" share. A distribution point for software licensed from Microsoft through the "Campus Agreement" program. The share is restricted to University Faculty and Staff, and includes MS Office, Windows OS installation media, Visual Studio, MS Diagnostic and Recovery Tools.
  • \\\{NetID} | smb://{NetID} - Where {NetID} is a place holder for a individual UVM NetID. This is your "home share" where you can store personal data. This share will be populated with a "MyDocs" directory automatically. On CAMPUS domain-joined computers, the local "Documents" or "My Documents" directory will be redirected to "MyDocs" on the file server.

Off Campus Access: can be accessed from off-campus though the use of VPN software or through the Webfiles web file manager.  More details can be found on our Off Campus Access page.