Map Network Drive to \\Galanin\Users from Windows XP Professional

Thursday, February 14, 2005

1:44 PM PST

This document describes how to use the Microsoft Windows Map Network Drive procedure for the purpose of transferring files securely over the network between your personal Windows XP Professional computer and Galanin, one of the Lester Lab Windows XP Professional workstations in 330 Kerckhoff.

To access Windows shared resources using this method, your computer must be on the campus network, or else be connected through ITS Remote Access (Dialup, Cable Modem, VPN).  Connectivity to Windows File and Printer service ports is restricted to the Caltech 131.215.x.x network; access from non-Caltech IP addresses is blocked.  To access Galanin from a non-Caltech Internet Service Provider (ISP), you must use the ITS VPN Service.

A modified procedure is available for Windows NT/2000 clients to connect to Galanin.  Unfortunately, Windows 9x/ME and Windows XP Home clients lack the advanced security features to connect to our workstations using this method.

ITS enforces the use of the NTLMv2 authentication protocol for connections to ITS Active Directory member servers, such as Galanin.  Before attempting to connect to our server, you should verify your computer is configured to use this protocol; otherwise your connection attempt will continually prompt for username and password.  For more information, see the ITS Enabling NTLMv2 Guide.  All Windows XP Professional computers in the Lester Lab have been pre-configured to use the NTLMv2 protocol.

For exposition, the instructions below refer to the pre-established ITS account, lester, to describe how to connect to the network shared folder, \\Galanin\Users.  Substitute your own ITS username wherever it appears in this example.  Send a note to the ITS Lester Lab Help Desk <> to initiate remote access to our lab computers, or if you need help making a connection.

  1. Open My Computer, and click on the menu item, Tools|Map Network Drive.

  2. In the Map Network Drive window, specify,

    Drive:  (U: or any other drive letter)
    Folder:  \\Galanin\Users

    and click the blue underlined link,

    Connect using a different user name.

  3. In the Connect As window which appears, specify,

    User name:  ITS\lester
    Password:  (your ITS e-mail password)

    Note:  You must prefix your own ITS username with "ITS\".

    Click OK, and then click Finish to complete Map Network Drive.  A window should appear displaying the contents of the U: drive.

  4. Drag and drop documents between your local computer into U: to transfer these files to Galanin.

  5. Maintaining stale connections to network shares can decrease computing performance dramatically.  Therefore, it is recommended that you disconnect from \\Galanin\Users after you finish transferring files.  To do this, open My Computer, and right-click on the shared drive.  Then select the menu item, Disconnect.