Shared Drive Access

If you find yourself accessing a shared network folder all the time, consider mapping that folder to a drive letter in your PC’s mass storage system. Just follow these steps below to access the office Shared Drive remotely at:

Windows (Drive Mapping)
  1. Connect to the VPN for UofSC Faculty/Staff. Free VPN software can be downloaded from
  2. Press Win + E to open a File Explorer window.
  3. In Windows 10, choose This PC from the left side of the window, then click the Computer tab.
    This step isn’t necessary in Windows 7, because you already see the My Computer window. Like the This PC window, it lists local storage and network locations.
  4. Click the Map Network Drive button.
  5. The Map Network Drive dialog box appears. Choose a drive letter. 
  6. Type your UofSC network username preceded by ds\ (ds\username) and enter your password to access the network resource. You will need to authenticate via Duo. It will send a push to your device.
  7. Ensure that the Reconnect at Sign-in (or Logon) option is checked.
  8. Click the Finish button.
  9. When logon screen appears type ds\ then your username and password. 
  10. You may check Remember my Credentials.
  11. Click OK.

Mac OS
  1. Connect to the VPN for UofSC Faculty/Staff. Free VPN software can be downloaded from
  2. Open a Finder window. 
  3. Click Command + K to connect to a server.
  4. Enter smb://
  5. Select a folder.
  6. Click 'Connect'.

iOS (iPads and iPhone)
  1. Connect to the VPN for UofSC Faculty/Staff in Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Open the Files app.
  3. Tap Browse, down below at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap the three dot icon at at the top of the Browse screen. If you don’t see it, tap Browse again:
  5. Tap Connect to Server.
  6. Enter, then tap Connect.
    After you connect to a computer or file server, it appears in the Recent Servers list on the Connect to Server screen. To connect to a recent server, tap its name.
  7. Select Connect As Registered User. Enter your netowrk user name and password.
  8. Tap Next, then select the server volume or shared folder in the Browse screen (under Shared).
  9. To disconnect from the file server, tap the eject icon next to the server in the Browse screen:

As some have asked about alternate ways to access their files when the university VPN is down or slow, here is a link about using OneDrive in Office365 to access your files remotely from anywhere, without VPN:

You will have to copy files from your computer on campus into OneDrive before accessing them at home.