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Accessing DURP servers

Using a VPN client, you can access Urban Planning's file servers from nearly anywhere that has an internet connection. Your My Documents folder (mapped to the letter G: in the lab) and the urban-courses share with course materials are generally where you want to connect. First, download (if necessary) and configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client. The setup will differ based on the operating system located on your computer. For Windows 2000/XP you will need to download the free VPN software available from the Webstore (http://webstore.illinois.edu). For Windows Vista or 7 and Mac OS X, you will need to configure their built-in VPN client. Go to the CITES VPN configuration instructions at http://www.cites.illinois.edu/vpn/. Be careful to choose the correct operating system, read the instructions carefully, then return to this site and proceed to the next step.

Second, make sure your VPN client is configured correctly according to CITES VPN instructions and that you are logged into the VPN before you proceed. Next, determine which server you need to access. Most everything that you will want to access is on urban-server2 and the instructions below will allow you to connect to it.

Windows 2000/XP:

Open up "My Network Places" (available from My Computer, in the sidebar on the left), then choose "Add a Network Place". If you are prompted to join an MSN Community, opt to "Choose another network location". This will produce the window pictured here.

Windows Add Network Place dialog

Enter one of the following addresses in the box: \\urban-server2\urban-courses\   - if you want to access the course materials folders or \\urban-server2\students\YourNetID\My Documents\    - if you want to access your My Documents folder.

Windows Authentication dialog

Click on Next, and you will be prompted to input your username and password. Enter your UIUC NetID and your AD password (the same password you use to login to DURP lab computers). When entering your NetID, make sure you preface it with "uiuc\", as in the illustration below. The "uiuc\" lets the system know you are using AD credentials and not your local computer's credentials. Remember to check the "Remember my password" checkbox so you won't have to input it when you want to connect again. If you get an error message that the server "\\urban-server2\students\YourNetID\My" couldn't be found then make sure there is a slash at the end of the address or try putting quotes around the whole address.

Once you have successfully authenticated, you'll be given the chance to name this Network Place. When you have done so, it will appear in your My Network Places as a folder, and will behave just like the shortcuts you use in the lab to access your file space. You might want to make a shortcut to this network place on your desktop to save yourself a step when accessing it.

A quick way to access the server without going through the steps above but one that doesn't create a Network Place is to use the Run command. This is found on your Start Menu. Choose Run and then type in the address to the server: \\urban-server2\urban-courses.


Windows Vista and Windows 7:

Click on "Computer" either from the Start Menu or from the shortcut on your desktop. Right click anywhere within a blank area inside the right pane of the Windows Explorer window. Select "Add a Network Location." The wizard window will open. Click Next.

Select "Choose a custom network location" then click Next. This will produce the box pictured here. Enter the following address in the box:

\\urban-server2\urban-courses\   - if you want to access the course materials folder.
\\urban-server2\students\YourNetID\My Documents\    - if you want to access your My Documents folder.

specify network address

Click Next. You will be prompted to input your username and password. Enter your UIUC NetID and your AD password (the same password you use to login to DURP lab computers). When entering your NetID, make sure you preface it with "uiuc\", as in the illustration below.


win7 login

Click OK, and you will be prompted to type in a name for the network location. You can leave the default.

Click Next. You should receive confirmation that the network location was successfully added. Check "Open this network location when I click finish." Once you have done so, the server folder will appear.

After completing this step the first time for each respective folder, you can connect to the DURP servers simply by going to "My Network Places" (accessed from the "Computer" Explorer Window). It will behave just like the folders you use in the lab to access your file space. You might want to make a shortcut to this network place on your desktop to save yourself a step when accessing it.

Alternatively, if you wish to access file space quickly without creating a shortcut in your "My Network Places," click on the Start Menu and enter the address in the Search Box.


Mac OS X:

Make sure your VPN is connected before attempting to connect to a server. Go to the Finder, and under the "Go" menu, select "Connect to Server..." You will be presented with a dialog that looks like the one below: enter one of the following into the Server Address box:

smb://urban-server2.ad.uiuc.edu/urban-courses - if you want to access the course materials folder and
smb://urban-server2.ad.uiuc.edu/students/YourNetID/My Documents/   - if you want to access your My Documents folder.

Mac Connect to Server

You can add these addresses to your favorites, by clicking the plus sign to the right of the address, so that you will not need to re-type them in the future (the "Connect to Server" command can be run by pressing Command-K from the Finder). Alternatively, once connected, you could drag the network drive icon to your Macintosh HD to make a shortcut for future use.

If you have not connected to the server before, you will be asked to log in: Enter your UIUC NetID and your AD password (the same password you use to login to the lab computers).

OS X Authentication dialog

The network folders should act like any other drive on your system - they can be mounted and unmounted, and files can be dragged and dropped to and from them. When you are finished, disconnect by clicking the eject symbol next to the connected server.

mac share eject

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