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Connect to a departmental server from a PC running Windows

  1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer from the Windows Start Menu.
  2. From the Tools menu, click Map Network Drive…. A new Map Network Drive window opens.
  3. In the Map Network Drive window, choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list located next to the "Drive:" option. Any drives already mapped will have a shared folder name displayed inside the dropdown list, next to the drive letter.
  4. Type "\\Server_Name\Share_Name\" (without quotation marks) to map. Your login ID is your CRSid and your password is "Password#123" (without quotation marks). To connect to the pdn-groups share, type \\\pdn-groups using your PDN domain password.
  5. Click the "Reconnect at login" checkbox if this network drive should be mapped permanently. Otherwise, this drive will un-map when the user logs out of this computer. Click Finish.
  6. To disconnect a mapped network drive, use the Tools/Disconnect Network Drive… option in Windows Explorer, or right-click on the folder in My Computer and choose the "Disconnect" menu option.


  • You may see different windows from those shown here.
  • Once you have connected to the server, you may prefer creating a shortcut on your desktop pointing to the [Share] for a quick access in future. Thus: Select My Computer > [Share] Path > Mouse right clicking [Share] > Drag and move it to your Desktop > Release mouse button > Select [Create Shortcut(s) Here] > Rename the shortcut 'eg: PDNit on Source-5' & that's it!
  • Depending on the setup of your machine, you may be able to change the initial password from your own computer. If that's not possible, please come and see us to reset your password.
  • If you have probelms with the connection in Windows 10, you may need to adjust settings as:
      Administrative Tools
      Local Security Policy
      Local Policy
      Security Options
      Network security ; LAN manager authentication level
      Click drop down and choose "Send NTLMv2 response only"