How to access your Home Drive or Department Shared Drive Off Campus

Resources for: Faculty Staff

The ability to access a home drive or department shared drive remotely is only supported for FDU-owned equipment.

First you need to ensure you have launched your Virtual Private Network (VPN) and logged in using your NetID and password.

Instructions for logging into the VPN


  1. Once you have connected via the VPN, open your File Explorer.
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Windows File Explorer Icon
  1. Halfway down the left panel, click on “This PC“. Your available Network Locations will appear in the center of the screen.
  1. To access any of your drives, simply double click on the icon next to Drive description.

NOTE: If you see a red X on the drive icon, please ensure you have successfully logged into the VPN. If so, click on the red X and your drive should appear and the red X will go away.


  1. Go to your Finder app
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  1. On the menu bar on top, click “Go” and select the last option “Connect to Server…” or alternatively on your keyboard press and hold “command” then press “K
  1. In the Connect to Server window enter SMB:// followed by the path of your network share

In the case of your home drive this will follow the convention of:

  • smb:// NetID for Florham users
  • smb:// NetID for Metro users
  • smb:// NetID for Vancouver users

Pressing the “+” will add this to your list of Favorite Servers.

If you do not see your drives, please call UTAC at (973)-443-8822.

Last Modified: July 22, 2020 icon icon Copy Link