Accessing Windows and Linux Shares

This page provides step-by-step instructions on how to access a Windows share from Linux and vice versa (a Linux share from Windows).

Windows to Linux

  1. Click the Start button on the taskbar, the right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive.
  2. mapdrive1aChoose an available drive letter from the list. It does not matter which one you choose.
  3. For Folder: type the path to the share (\\vertex\sharename). Ensure Reconnect at logon and Connect using different credentials are checked and then click Finish.mapdrive1
  4. Select Finish and enter your Linux user name and password when prompted. Note that your user name should be preceded by vertex\mapdrive2
  5. Select OK and you will be presented with a window showing the contents of the share you connected to.mapdrive3
  6. Some shares that you can connect to and use for the sharename in step 3 are:
  • homes: Connect to your home directory on the linux system (full permissions)
  • meso: A share for Dr. Atkins’s Mesoscale Meteorology course content (read only)
  • remote: A share for Dr. Atkins’s remote course content (read only)

Linux to Windows

  1.  Double click and open the Computer icon on your Linux desktop. desktop
  2. Select File from the menu bar and then select Connect to Server…Computer
  3. Set all the appropriate values in the Connect to Server window:
  • Set the Server type: to Windows share.
  • Set Server: to the appropriate server name (e.g. lsc-files). 
  • Set the Share: to the appropriate share name (e.g. ATM).
  • Set the Folder: to the directory path under the share, if needed (e.g. bufkit)
  • Set the User Name: to your LSC user name (e.g. bdp99990).
  • Set the Domain Name: to
  • Optionally select the “Add bookmark” checkbox and provide a Bookmark name: to save these settings for future use.connect to server

4.  Select Connect and you will be presented with a window showing the contents of the share you connected to.

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