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Problem

I need assistance in mapping a network drive. 

Solution

 

These steps only work if you are on a campus computer that is on the ArgoNet domain. The process of creating a permanent connection to a network folder is called mapping a drive.  You may want to map a drive if you are using an on campus computer and need to access a network folder regularly. H: and I: drives (Home and Web folders) are network storage areas for personal files and web page hosting (registered student organizations may not host pages on their student or organization I drive; registered organizations may create public-facing pages through their ArgoPulse portal). Departmental ArgoNet account folders (O: drive) are used for storing work-related files.

 

 Mapping a Network Drive on a PC

Due to security reasons we no longer recommend that you map a network drive on Windows 10. Please refer to Adding a Network Location (FacStaff Only) instead.


 Mapping a Network Drive on a Mac

Step 1

On the toolbar, open Go > Connect to Server.

Step 2

In the Server Address box, enter the path to the folder that you would like to access (Figure 2). Make sure to substitute your ArgoNet username or ArgoNet departmental account name for the sections in red. The Home and Web folders should be entered as follows:

For facstaff shares:
Home: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff/home/argonetusername
Web: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff/web/argonetusername

For student shares:
Home: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/students/home/argonetusername
Web: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/students/web/argonetusername

For departmental shares:
Home: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff/home/departmentalshare
Web: smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff/web/departmentalshare

 

Note: If the Mac computer is already on the Argonet domain you do not need to enter the “.argo.uwf.edu”. Instead, you can simply enter smb://Argofiler/facstaff/home/______

Step 3

Once the path is configured, you can add the path to the Favorite Servers list for faster access by clicking the + sign.

Step 4

After entering the Server Address, click the Connect button. You will be prompted to enter your domain credentials. Enter the following information:

Workgroup or Domain: Argonet
Name: Your ArgoNet username
Password: Your ArgoNet password

 

Special Considerations when mapping to the Argofiler:

Incomplete Network File Shares - For unknown reasons, Mac OS cannot mount a drive and point to its specific path (i.e. smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff/home/argonetusername). When mounted, the drive will point to the top level share (i.e. smb://argofiler.argo.uwf.edu/facstaff) and will have a mount icon on the desktop as just Facstaff or Students.

To work around this problem a special startup script can be used to automatically mount the network shares.

Invalid Characters - The following characters which may be allowed by Mac OS X or earlier are not allowed to be used on the Argofiler. Files and/or folders with these characters in their name must be changed before being transferred to the Argofiler.

\ (Back Slash)
/ (Forward Slash)
* (Asterisk or Star)
? (Question Mark)
" (Quotes)
< (Less Than Symbol)
> (Greater Than Symbol)
| (Pipe)
: (Colon)

 

 Accessing a Network Drive Off Campus Using Filezilla

Overview


FileZilla is a free software package supported by the ITS Help Desk. FileZilla software is available free of charge from the FileZilla website and works with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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Configure the Connection

  1. Start the Program (Start -> Programs -> FileZilla FTP Client -> FileZilla).
  2. From the File menu, click Site Manager.
  3. Click the New Site button. A new site appears in the Select Entry box and is ready for editing. Rename the site UWF FTP.
  4. Enter the following information:
    1. Host: Type ftp.students.uwf.edu (students) or ftp.facstaff.uwf.edu(employees)
    2. Port: Type 990
    3. Protocol: Select FTP - File Transfer Protocol
    4. Encryption: Select Require implicit FTP over TLS
    5. Logon Type: Select Normal
    6. User: Enter your ArgoNet username
    7. Password: Enter your ArgoNet password
    8. Comments: Type My student FTP directory (students) or My facstaff FTP directory (employees)
  5. If working from a home computer connected to a router you may need to complete this additional step: Click the Transfer Settings tab. Under Transfer Mode, select Passive.
  6. Click OK.
  7. From the Edit menu (or under FileZilla in OS X), select Settings. On the left hand side, select File Lists underInterface. Then change Comparison threshold (in minutes) to 0.

FileZilla is now installed and configured!

Connecting

  1. Open FileZilla (Start -> Programs -> FileZilla FTP -> FileZilla).
  2. From the File menu, select Site Manager and make sure UWF FTP is highlighted on the left side. Then, click Connect.
  3. An Accept Certificate window may appear. If so, select Always trust this certificate in future sessions, and click OK
  4. Your Home (H:) and Web (I:) folders appear on the right-hand side.

    Faculty/Staff: You will see two sets of Home and Web folders. The folders preceded by your ArgoNet username (e.g. jdoe Home) will take you directly to your folder, while the other two folders will open a list of all FacStaff and departmental ArgoNet accounts.

File Transfer

You can upload or download a file by double-clicking on it. The file will be placed in the open folder on the other side. You can also drag the files from one side and drop them on the other side. To transfer folders and/or multiple files, select them and right-click the selection. Then you can click on Upload/Download in the pop-up menu.

ITS Help Desk

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