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. Select Start > Computer (for Windows 8, select WIN+F > Apps > Computer).
  2. In the Computer window, click Map Network Drive (on the top toolbar). 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 \\homedir.oit.duke.edu\users\n\netid where n is the first letter of your NetID, and netid is your NetID.
      Example: For the NetID hiro, type \\homedir.oit.duke.edu\users\h\hiro.
    • type \\oit-nas-fe11.oit.duke.edu\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 \\oit-nas-fe11.oit.duke.edu\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.
  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: [KB0013681] CIFS Home Directories and web spaces: Technical Specifications.

Need Further Assistance?

Please contact the OIT Service Desk if you need further assistance: http://oit.duke.edu/help/index.php.