What is Remote Drive Mapping?Remote drive mapping is designed to make working with files on the Rutgers central server systems (that is, on RCI and Eden) as convenient as possible. With remote drive mapping, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software or any other special software isn't needed to access files. Once connected via an assigned drive letter, the files will be just as easy to change as if they were located on your own hard disk.
However, those wishing to access their files through remote drive mapping should have at least intermediate knowledge of their Windows, Macintosh or GNU/Linux computers.
About Remote Drive Mapping on RCI and Eden and Samba
Remote drive mapping utilizes Samba, a program installed on the RCI and Eden central server systems. With remote drive mapping and Samba, no changes need to be made to a local desktop computer. Samba enables remote drive mapping with Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X (10.x) and GNU/Linux operating systems. While this service also works with Windows 98 computers, a more convenient way to transfer files between a local computer and a home account is available at http://www.nbcs.rutgers.edu/secure-services.php3?page=ftp.
Samba enables access to two portions of a Rutgers account, called shares (as in the term shared files). The first share is called www, and allows access to files in the public_html directory of the account, in which all files seen on a Web site are stored. The other share is calledhomes, which allows access to files located in a special directory called RCI_drive (for RCI accounts) or EDEN_drive (for Eden accounts). The latter share can be used for most file management purposes such as storing spreadsheets, and text documents. Note: for security reasons OIT strongly recommends that confidental information such as passwords, Social Security Numbers and other sensitive data NOT be stored on a share.
What Do I Need to Use Remote Drive Mapping and Samba?
How Do I Use Remote Drive Mapping and Samba?
Select the link below for instructions to map a drive for your specific type of computer:
Using Remote Drive Mapping with Web Development Software
Remote Drive Mapping to a Departmental Account (Formerly "Become Accounts") and Student Organization Accounts
Shares for departmental accounts can be mapped by groups of people on RCI or Eden at the same time. When a Samba password request is made, an automatic e-mail message with the password is sent to the departmental account or student organization account e-mail address. Samba provides only one password per user account at a time, whether an individual account, departmental account or student organization account. The person who reads e-mail messages for the departmental or student organization account should take responsibility for secure distribution of the Samba password. To avoid confusion, prevent accidental overwriting of critical files and possible loss of important information, OIT strongly recommends closely coordinated and monitored use of shared files on departmental or student organization accounts.
Common Errors and SolutionsThe following are errors that may be experienced when using remote drive mapping with Samba. This list will be updated as needed.
Need Help with Remote Drive Mapping?Contact the NBCS Help Desk at 732-445-HELP (4357) or send an e-mail message to email@example.com.
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