Mapping Network Drives and Volumes

NOTE: Mapping network drives requires on-campus connectivity to the ND-secure wireless/wired network.  Off-campus users may also map drives by first connecting to the Notre Dame VPN
NOTE: For advanced permission and mapping information, see NetFile Sharing/File Permissions


  1. Go to Start > My Computer
  2. Select Map Network Drive from the Menu Bar
    NOTE: Windows will automatically assign the next available drive letter, but you may choose a different drive letter from the drop-down menu. We suggest N:
  3. In the Folder field, type the following path, depending on the NetFile space you want to map:
    a) To map a drive to your own NetFile space, enter the path name using your own NetID: \\\~yournetid
    b) To map a drive to a departmental NetFile space, enter the path name with the departmental NetID: \\\~departmentnetid
    c) To map a drive to another user's public NetFile space, enter the path name with the other person's NetID plus the folder name ("Public" in the example):
    Mapping a Network Drive on Windows
  4. You may choose to automatically reconnect to this drive when you log in using the check box provided.
  5. Select the check box for Connect Using Different Credentials.
  6. Click Finish
  7. For the user name in the Windows Security window, enter: adnd\netid (either your own NetID and password or the departmental NetID and password)..

    Map NetFile Drive Using Windows 1
  8. Click OK
  9. Click Finish to complete the drive mapping

You can now find the NetFile drive by opening My Computer.


  1. On the menu bar, open the Go menu and select Connect To Server...

    Map a Volume on OS X to Netfile Space

  2. In the Connect to Server window, for the Server Address, type the address as you see it below, substituting your own NetID in place of 'netid' and click Connect.

    Example: smb://
  3. To map a departmental space, follow steps 1 -2, substituting the department NetID. When prompted, enter the departmental password and click Connect.
  4. To map to another user's public NetFile space, follow steps 1-2, and substitute the other user's netid followed by /Public (smb:// and click Connect.

    Map a Volume on OS X to Netfile Space

You should now see the icon for the mapped drive on your desktop and you can access files there as you would on your own hard drive.


NetFile can be mounted in Linux using Samba. You may need to install the Samba client if it is not already installed. (e.g. in Redhat: yum install samba-client samba-common) Be sure to replace any installed of “NetID” or “YourPassword” below with your own NetID and password.

Mounting NetFile

  1. As the root user, create a mount point:
    mkdir /mnt/smb

  2. Next, mount your NetFile space:
    mount -t cifs // -o domain=adnd,username=NetID /mnt/smb

Note: You will then be prompted for your NetID password. If you do not want to be prompted, you can include your password in the mount command options:

mount -t cifs // –o domain=adnd,username=NetID,password=YourPassword /mnt/smb

Mounting Automatically at Login

  1. If you want your NetFile volume to mount automatically at login, you can add the following line to /etc/fstab:
    //  /mnt/smb cifs credentials=/etc/samba/smb.conf,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 1 3

  2. Next, create the credential file referenced in the command above (/etc/samba/smb.conf) with the following lines:

  3. You will want to change the permissions on this file to prevent anyone else from reading it:
    chmod 600 /etc/samba/smb.conf

Note: You can mount multiple volumes by creating additional mount points and credential files.

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All individual NetID accounts at Notre Dame are provisioned with a specific amount of space (quota) within NetFile to use upon account generation. 

Default Quotas for Individual NetID Accounts:

Faculty & Staff
 30 GB
Students (Undergraduate & Graduate)
 30 GB
Departmental Accounts
 15 GB

When you view the contents of your NetFile home folder in WebFile, you will see your quota use information for NetFile near the top of the page.

Quota Increase Requests

Individuals who need more than 30GB of space can complete the Netfile Quota Increase Request Form.

All quota increases are subject to system administrator approval.  Please allow up to two (2) business days for processing quota increase requests.

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Backups and Restores

The OIT automatically performs nightly backups of NetFile, and makes backups for the past 8 nights available to you. Follow the instructions below to access these backups using WebFile, or if you use a Windows computer, you can also access your backups through a mapped drive.

Access NetFile Backups Through WebFile

  1. Login to WebFile with your NetID and password.
  2. Go to the Choose View drop-down menu and select NetFile Home.
  3. Click To My Backup near the top right of the screen.
  4. The folder/file listing will now display a list of nightly snapshots of your NetFile space for the past eight days. The folder sv_nightly.0 displays the backup taken last night; the folder sv_nightly.1 displays the backup taken the night before last; etc.
  5. Within a backup folder, you can copy any files or folders you need and paste them into your current NetFile space in WebFile to use them. (Files that are accessible in WebFile are available through mapped drives as well.)

You can also place a check in the box next to a specific folder or file and click the Restore link near the top of the screen. It will place a copy of the backup folder or file in its original folder within your current NetFile space. (For example, if you restore your www folder from last night, the restore will be placed in NetFile Home > www > Restore.)

Access to NetFile Backups Through a Mapped Drive on Windows

  1. Map a drive to your NetFile space.
  2. When you open your NetFile home space (our example uses the N: drive), you will see the contents of your home folder.
  3. In the Address field of the window, place the cursor after the back slash "\" and type: ~snapshot
  4. Hit the Return key.
  5. The folder/file listing will now display a list of nightly snapshots of your NetFile space for the past eight days. The folder sv_nightly.0 displays the backup taken last night; the folder sv_nightly.1 displays the backup taken the night before last; etc.
  6. Copy over any of the files that you need to restore.


To access NetFile backups older than 8 days but within the last 90 days, please send a request to the OIT Help Desk specifying the exact date from which you need the restore.

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Access Rights


Within NetFile, you can set specific access rights to facilitate sharing files and folders. To do so, follow the instructions below:
Note: Instructions may vary based on older Operating Systems.  These instructions were compiled using Windows 7.

  1. Confirm that Simple File Sharing is turned off:
  • Go to Start > Control Panel.
  • Change the View By dropdown to Small Icons (top right-hand corner of the Control Panel window)
  • Select Folder Options.

    Netfile Access & Sharing Rights Windows 7 1
  • Select the View tab
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced settings list.
    • Clear the Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended) check box.
      XP Users: Clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
    • Click Apply, then click OK.

      Netfile Access & Sharing Rights Windows 7 2
  1. You must have a drive mapped to NetFile on your computer. If you have not yet configured a mapped drive for NetFile, please review the Mapping Network Drives & Volumes support page.

Once you have your drive mapped, you can find your NetFile drive by opening Computer. The drive letter is displayed last in the description, similar to: ~asmith on (N:)

  1. Go to Start > Computer, double-click on your mapped NetFile drive (in this example, we will use the N: drive).
  2. Right-click on the folder to which you want to change the permissions.
  3. Select Properties from the context menu.

    Netfile Access & Sharing Rights Windows 7 3
  4. Select the Security tab, and click Edit.

    Netfile Access & Sharing Rights Windows 7 4
  5. Select Add.

    Netfile Access & Sharing Rights Windows 7 5

  6. Type in the NetID to which you want to give permission in the "Enter object names to select" field. Click OK.
    You may be prompted to enter your username and password. Enter your username as: ADND\netid and enter your password. Click OK.
  7. You will be returned to the Security tab. You should notice a new user name listed in the upper portion of the dialog. You can customize the permissions for each user by selecting that user name from the list, and then checking the permissions you wish to grant to that user or group in the lower section.

    Important Note: The user names may be listed with a string of alphanumeric characters that appear to be garbage or encrypted code. This will not affect that NetID's ability to access the folder or file. The ADS-FilerAdmin and Domain Admin groups are for administrative purposes - do not remove their access. For the www folder, the webserv group is necessary in order for people to view your web pages.
  8. Once you have all the permission set the way you prefer, click Apply, then click OK.

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