Are you off campus and need to access Files@Iowa on your laptop or desktop?

This page describes two ways to access Files@Iowa from off campus. If you have high-speed Internet access, you may install the AnyConnect client and use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access the Home (H:) and Shared (L:) drives.

Using the AnyConnect Client to Access Home (H:) and Shared (L:) Drives

If your PC is not in the Iowa Domain, your home (H:) and shared (L:) drives will not automatically be available to you when you are off the campus network. You may install the AnyConnect client to access the Virtual Private Network and then configure access to your Home and Shared drives in a few simple steps.

Once you have connected to these drives, you can choose a setting to reconnect at logon. When you are off campus and using a different network, you may then log on to the AnyConnect client to access these drives as if you were on the University of Iowa campus network.

Configuring Access to Files@Iowa: Microsoft Windows Vista/7

To manually configure your Files@Iowa home (H:) drive using Windows Vista/7:

  • Click on the Windows icon on the task bar.

Vista Task Bar

  • Right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive...

Right-click on computer. Properties - Map Network Drive... highlighted.

  • In the Drive drop down menu select H:.
  • In the Folder field type \\home.iowa.uiowa.edu\hawkid (replace "hawkid" with your own Hawk ID).
  • If you would like to reconnect at logon select the Reconnect at logon check box.
  • Select Finish.

Map Network Drive window. Reconnect at logon box checkmarked.

  • To complete the process, you may need to log in with your domain (Iowa) and Hawk ID in the dialog box.

Connect to home.iowa.uiowa.edu dialog box. Enter User name: IOWA\hawid. Enter Password. OK button highlighted.


To manually configure your Files@Iowa shared (L:) drive using Windows Vista/7:

  • Click on the Windows icon on the task bar.

Vista Task Bar

  • Right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive:.

Right-click on computer. Properties - Map Network Drive... highlighted.

  • In the Drive drop down menu select L:.
  • In the Folder field type \\iowa.uiowa.edu\shared\deptname (replace "deptname" with your department name on the file system; if you do not know this name, please contact your local IT support staff or the ITS Help Desk).
  • If you want to reconnect at login, select the Reconnect at logon check box.
  • Select Finish

Map Network Drive window. Reconnect at logon box checkmarked.

  • To complete the process, you may need to log in with your domain (Iowa) and Hawk ID in the dialog box.

Connect to home.iowa.uiowa.edu dialog box. Enter User name: IOWA\hawid. Enter Password. OK button highlighted.

 

Your home (H:) and shared (L:) drives will now be available to you. 

Article number: 
2092
Last updated: 
April 10, 2017