Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL)

Mapping a Network Drive

"How do I add the J:\ drive or the S:\ drive?"

"How do I Connect to a Drive in ArcMap or ArcCatalog?"

 

Notes on the J:\ Drive

Notes on the S:\ Drive

Mapping A Drive

    Manually Mapping a Drive

    Editing Your Login Script (to automatically map a drive)

 

Connecting to a Drive or Folder in ArcMap or ArcCatalog

 

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NOTES  ON  THE  J:\  DRIVE:

The J:\ drive (Huxley's main server) which has three main components:

     J:\GEO\GEO_data\  - Huxley College's spatial data server

     J:\SAL_info\  - Misc ESRI files and Tutorials(GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, etc.)

     J:\Saldata\  - Class folders for Huxley College courses

        (see also notes on using J:\Saldata\SAL_temp\ )

By default, students registered for Huxley and/or Geology classes have the letter 'J' ("the J:\ drive") automatically mapped (assigned) to the main Huxley servers. This happens each time a student logs in to any computer on campus.

If you are not currently enrolled in a Huxley or Geology course, but need access to the J:\ drive you can talk to Dave Knutson. for custom access permission. In this case, you will need to either manually map (assign) the J:\ drive from a computer or edit your login script which will then automatically map it for you each time you logon.

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NOTES  ON  THE  S:\  DRIVE

The S:\ drive is a WWU Server ('CLASS1' on the 'msfs' server, or 'msfs-class1') with dedicated space for student classes and/or projects. Huxley has a subfolder on the S:\ drive that is available to students for collaborative class projects (See Stefan for details on setting up a folder). Access to these folders is typically tied to a particular class registration. This means that at the end of the quarter you will no longer be able to see/access most folders on the S:\ drive!

Once you have permission to an S:\ drive folder (typically by being enrolled in a class), you should have the S:\ drive (and your folder) automatically mapped (assigned) to the letter 'S' each time you logon to a WWU computer. If for some reason you don't get the S:\ drive, you will need to Map (assign) it to the letter 'S' either manually, or by editing your login script.

Faculty and Staff can also access the S:\ drive using a Shortcut on the X:\ drive:

        X:\Shortcuts

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MAPPING  A  DRIVE:

Often, having been assigned permission to access a Huxley or WWU server will also causes the server to be automatically 'mapped' (connected) when you logon to a computer on campus (similar to how your U:\ drive is automatically mapped each time you log in). If a server is not mapped automatically you will need to either manually map the drive, or edit your login script to automatically map it each time you login. This is true for the J:\ drive and the S:\ drive and  other servers on campus. In all cases, you can only map to a drive if you already also have permission to access is.

To get permission for a specific server (drive) see Dave Knutson (for the J:\ or S:\ drive) or Stefan Freelan (for the S:\ drive).

Assuming that you have permission to access a server, there are two methods to map it:

    1. Manually add it to the computer's list of drive letters each time you log in to a computer.

    2. Add a line to your Novel Login Script that will map the drive for you each time you log in. Details on both of these methods are included below.

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MANUALLY  MAPPING  A  DRIVE:

This method will have to be repeated each time you log on to a new computer...

 

Open Windows Explorer (or My Computer)

From the Tools menu, choose Map Network Drive...

In the Drive: text box, choose the appropriate letter from the drop down menu (i.e., J or S - or whatever letter you prefer)

In the Folder: text box, enter the appropriate path/name for the drive you wish to access

 

OPTIONAL: If you have an account on the computer you are using, you can click the check-box next to Reconnect at logon. This will tell the computer to remember this mapped drive assignment and reconnect you next time you log in - but this only works for the computer you are on if you have an account on that computer (student accounts are 'dynamic,' which means they are stored by a WWU server as opposed to stored on the individual computers in the lab, and thus does not remember manual drive mapping).

 

        Mapping the J:\ Drive:                                     

                Drive:     J                                                 

                Folder:    \\hux-raptor\data1             OR*           \\msfs-spatial\spatial
*note: some users have access to the 'raptor' server, some have access to the 'spatial' server - if you don't know, try both...

 

       

 

 

          Mapping the S:\ Drive:

               Drive:    S

               Folder:   \\msfs-class1\class1

 

 

 

 

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EDITING  your MICROSOFT Login Script:

Create (or download and store) a file in your U:\ drive (directly in the main or 'root' folder, not a sub-folder). You can create this file with a text editor (Note Pad, not MS Word). Name this file

 

        PersonalLoginScript.bat

 

In your PersonalLoginScript.bat file, type one or more of the following lines (as needed):

 

        net use s: \\msfs-class1\class1

        net use j:\\msfs-spatial\spatial

        net use j:\\hux-raptor\data1

 

If you create this file with a text editor, you can save it as PersonalLogingScrit.txt - you will then need to manually change the file name extension from .txt to .bat so that it will be properly recognized.

 

You can download a pre-made PersonalLoginScript.bat file to store on your U:/ drive but you should do this ONLY if you do not already have one. If you have an existing PersonalLoginScript.bat file you will need to edit it (adding a line) - you don't want to just replace the old with the new.

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CONNECTING to a Drive or Folder in ArcMap or ArcCatalog

Just because you have added a new network drive or a new USB or External drive does not mean that ArcGIG (e.g. ArcMap & ArcCatalog) will be able to see the new drive. Likewise, ArcGIS may not be able to access your CD and/or DVD drives by default. To connect to these drives you need to first make sure the drive is mapped (check in Windows Explorer or My Computer to verify that the drive is properly mapped and available) and then "Connect to Folder" in ArcGIS.

In ArcCatalog:
    - Click the Connect to Folder button (or select from the File menu)
           
    - Navigate to the desired folder or drive you wish to connect to
    - Click OK
    - The drive or folder should now be listed in your Catalog Tree
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Data within the connected folder should now be available

In ArcMap:
    - Click on Add Data (either from the File Menu or using the Add Data icon)
    - In the Add Data dialog box, click on the Connect to Folder button
           

    - Navigate to the desired folder or drive you wish to connect to (as above)
   

NOTES:
    - Folder connections made in ArcMap will be likewise available in ArcCatalog and vice versa
    - You can connect to subfolders for ease of access (e.g., you could establish a connection to:
            C:\GISdata\BHAM if you wanted to have quicker access to that particular folder

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link to WWU Server Mapping (names and paths)

 

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