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This article documents how to map your $LAB or $HOME directory to your personal windows, mac, or linux computer. Mapping to a $LAB or $HOME directory is only available while on the UAlbany network. If you need to access these directories from off campus, you must first connect to the VPN. Please read more at the Remote Access page.



  1. Open up the File Explorer
  2. Right-click on "This PC" and select "Map a network drive..."
  3. Select the "Drive: " of your choice
    1. for a $LAB directory, input into "Folder:" \\\[your_lab_name]
    2. for a $HOME directory, input into "Folder:" \\\[your_netid]

      Hint: Be sure to check "Connect using different credentials"

  4. Click finish and make sure Domain: UALBANY is displayed! Then, enter your netid (lowercase) and password.
    1. If you do not see Domain: UALBANY, in the username field enter; UALBANY\[netid]
  5. You should now see the mapped drive in file explorer
 Mac OS

Mac OS

To map from a mac, you need to use cifs://

  1. From the Mac OS X Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the ‘Connect to Server’ window
  2. Enter cifs://[your_lab_name] and press "Connect"
  3. When prompted, enter your netid (lowercase) and password, and your directory should now appear in finder


Accessing from Linux is system dependent, if you are having trouble extrapolating the above directions to linux, please contact for support.


The following has been tested with Ubuntu kernels as old as 4.13.0-45-generic on Ubuntu 16.04.1. In the example, $LAB is the name of your lab share.

  1. Ensure cifs is installed by running

    sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
  2. Create a directory for mounting the lab folder by running

    sudo mkdir -p /network/rit/lab/$LAB
  3. Mount the share by running

    sudo mount -t cifs -o username=NETID,vers=3.0 //$LAB /network/rit/lab/$LAB