ResearchDrive - Connecting From a Windows Computer

This document describes how to connect to ResearchDrive storage from a Microsoft Windows computer.

If you work with restricted data then you will need to consult your local IT support for assistance.

There are several ways to connect to ResearchDrive storage from a Windows computer:

  1. Mapping a network drive to using My Computer
  2. Mapping a network drive using the Command Prompt
  3. Mapping a network drive using Windows Powershell
  4. Mapping a network drive using Windows Group policy

ResearchDrive storage accounts are named based on the PI's NetID such as \\research.drive.wisc.edu\[PI NetID] but collaborators will login to a ResearchDrive account with their own NetID credentials.

Mapping a Network Drive using My Computer

  1. If you are off campus or using wifi then you will need to connect to WiscVPN. before using ResearchDrive.
  2. Open the Windows Start Menu and right-click on Computer or This PC. Click Map Network Drive.

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  3. Select the a drive letter and enter \\research.drive.wisc.edu\[pi netid]

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  4. Ensure that the Reconnect at logon box is checked.
  5. Check the box labeled Connect using different credentials.
  6. Click Finish.

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  7. User name: [netid]@ad.wisc.edu
  8. Password: [netid password]
  9. Check the box labeled Remember my credentials if desired.
  10. Click OK.
  11. If the connection was successful, Windows Explorer will open the mapped network drive. Refer to the Common Problems / Troubleshooting section if you have problems connecting.

Mapping a Network Drive using the Command Prompt

  1. If you are off campus or using wifi then you will need to connect to WiscVPN. before using ResearchDrive.
  2. Click the Start button and type cmd in the Search field.
  3. Click cmd.
  4. Type the command
    net use r: \\research.drive.wisc.edu\[pi netid] /savecred /persistent:yes

    map drive from cmd prompt

  5. Hit Enter.
  6. Enter your username and password at the prompt:
    • User name: [netid]@ad.wisc.edu
    • Password: [netid password]
  7. Hit Enter.
  8. Click the Computer icon in the Start enu. The recently mapped network drives will now appear in the Network Location section. Refer to the Common Problems / Troubleshooting section if you have problems connecting.

Mapping a Network Drive using Powershell

  1. If you are off campus or using wifi then you will need to connect to WiscVPN. before using ResearchDrive.
  2. Click the Start button and type powershell in the Search field.
  3. Click Windows Powershell.
  4. Use the New-PSDrive PowerShell command to connect to Research Drive.
    • If you are connecting to ResearchDrive from a Windows computer that is joined to Campus Active Directory then use this command:
      New-PSDrive -Name R -PSProvider FileSystem -root \\research.drive.wisc.edu\[pi netid] -Persist

      map drive from powershell

    • If you are connecting to ResearchDrive from a Windows computer that is not joined to Campus Active Directory then use these commands:
      $credential = Get-Credential
      $user=$credential.GetNetworkCredential().UserName
      New-PSDrive -Name R -PSProvider FileSystem -root \\research.drive.wisc.edu\$($user) -Credential $credential -Persist
  5. Click the Computer icon in the Start Menu. The recently mapped network drives will now appear in the Network Location section. Refer to the Common Problems / Troubleshooting section if you have problems connecting.

Mapping a Network Drive using Windows Group Policy

  1. If you are off campus or using wifi then you will need to connect to WiscVPN. before using ResearchDrive.
  2. Check with your departmental IT contact to see if your computer can be configured to automatically connect to ResearchDrive through Windows Group Policy.
  3. Refer to the Common Problems / Troubleshooting section if you have problems connecting.

Common Problems / Troubleshooting

For more information on common problems that can occur when mapping drives and how to troubleshoot them, please refer to the following resources:

  1. DoIT Active Directory - Troubleshooting File Share Connection Problems
  2. SS64 Net Use Documentation
  3. Microsoft PowerShell New-PSDrive Documentation
  4. SS64 New-PSDrive Documentation