Accessing Engineering File Space using Windows File Sharing

IMPORTANT: You must either be connected to the campus wireless internet, or be connected to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) any time you wish to access files using this method. Instructions for installing and using the provided VPN software can be found here.


Finding the Network Path of your Engineering Storage Space

Every server on campus is given a name to help users tell different servers apart. Engineering home directories (storage provided with every engineering account) reside on the server named "stak", inside a directory named "students" (faculty and staff home directories are in the faculty directory).

The path to an individual student's storage space is "\\stak.engr.oregonstate.edu\students\firstletter\username". For example:

  • If your engineering user name were "username", your path would be: \\stak.engr.oregonstate.edu\students\u\username
  • If your engineering user name were "engruser", your path would be: \\stak.engr.oregonstate.edu\students\e\engruser

Write down the path to your engineering storage space, this is the path you will want to use later in these instructions.

If you have server storage for other projects, or research, use the same directions with the path provided to you.


Accessing a Network Path

There are two primary ways to repeatedly access a network path, these are:

Creating a shortcut in Windows 7

1. Right click on an empty area on your desktop, highlight the "New" menu, and select "Shortcut".

2. In the window that opens, select the text box, and type the path of the folder you wish to create the shortcut to. Select "Next". Note that it may take several seconds to contact the server.

3. At this point, you may be prompted to enter a user name and password. In the user name field, enter "ENGINEERING\" followed by your engineering user name. In the password field, enter your engineering password.Check the box to remember credentials, and select OK.

4. Type in a meaningful name for the shortcut and select "Finish"

5. The shortcut that was created on the desktop can now be used to access your engineering storage space any time you are on campus or connected to the VPN.



Mapping a network drive in Windows 7

Note: Mapping a network drive is considered to be less reliable than creating a shortcut.

1. Open "My Computer" by clicking start, then selecting "Computer"

2. On the top bar, select "Map network drive"

3. Select the "Z" drive letter. (If Z is already taken, another drive letter may be used.) In the "Folder" text field, enter the path to the folder you wish to access.

4. Select "finish".

5. At this point, you may be prompted to enter a user name and password. In the user name field, enter "ENGINEERING\" followed by your engineering user name. In the password field, enter your engineering password.Check the box to remember credentials, and select OK.

6. The network drive should now be connected, and can be accessed from the "My Computer" window, any time you are on the campus wireless network, or are connected using the VPN software.

If you have difficulties witht these instructions, or have questions about Windows file sharing, please email support.