R and S Drives for Students

​If you are a McIntire student, you have storage space on the School's network. The network location, commonly referred to as the "R drive," is a secure, personal storage area to which only you have access. The S drive, on the other hand, is a common storage area shared by all McIntire students.

If you sign on to a lab machine in Rouss & Robertson Halls, the R and S drives will be automatically mapped for you. Also, if you connect to the VPN from a personal machine, a script should run that will map the drives automatically. However, the drives fail to map properly from time to time, and as a result, you may need to map them manually.

To map the R or S drives, you must first be either physically located within Rouss & Robertson Halls or connected to the VPN. For instructions on how to connect to the VPN, see this page

Windows Instructions to Map R and S Drives

Once connected, map the R drive by clicking on the Start button, selecting the Run option, and then typing the following text into the provided text box:

                 net use r: \\files.comm.virginia.edu\student-files\UserID

You will likely be prompted for a password and user ID. Input as your user name the domain (MCINTIRE), followed by a backslash and then your McIntire user ID so that it appears as follows:

MCINTIRE\Userid. Your password will then be your standard McIntire password.

You can now navigate to Computer (Windows 7) or This PC (Windows 8 and 8.1), and your R drive should now be listed. To map the S drive, return to the same location where you previously entered the drive mapping command, and enter the following text:

                net use s: \\files.comm.virginia.edu\student-shared

Once again, you may be prompted for credentials in order to map this drive. If this occurs, enter the same credentials you used to map the R drive above. Once this is done, you should see the S drive under Computer or This PC

Mac Instructions to Map R and S Drives 

Once connected, map the R drive by going to Finder > Go > Connect to Server. In the server address box type:

                 smb://files.comm.virginia.edu/student-files/UserID

In the example given above, "UserID" is a placeholder for your actual McIntire user ID (e.g., abc4d). Click the plus sign to add to server favorites.

You will likely be prompted for a password and user ID. Simply input as your user name your domain (MCINTIRE), followed by a backslash and then your McIntire user ID so that it appears as follows: MCINTIRE\YourUserID. Your password will then be your standard McIntire password.

For mapping the S drive go to Finder > Go >Connect to Server. In the server address box type:
 
                 smb://files.comm.virginia.edu/student-shared
 
Once again, you may be prompted for credentials in order to map this drive. If this occurs, enter the same credentials you need to map the R drive above. Click the plus sign to add to server favorites.