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Configuring a Windows 2000 /XP connection to Office Server Shares Off campus


  • You must have a MAC ID.
  • You must have permission to access the Office Server shares before attempting to connect.
  • You establish a VPN session before attempting to connect to an Office Share.
  • Disabling the 'WebClient' service in Windows XP improves performance while accessing Microsoft Network shares. This appears to help both with access to the office servers from on campus, as well as improving performance through the VPN. Disabling the service isn't known to produce any undesirable side effects, at least so far. The 'WebClient' is used to serve web pages from the computer.

Steps to link to a drive and associate it with a drive letter.

Option 1

  1. Initiate a VPN session to McMaster & authenticate to establish a tunnel.
  2. Right-click on "My Network Places" or "My Computer" icon. Select the 'Map Network Drive' option.
  3. Select the local drive letter you wish to associate with the Office Server share.
  4. Enter the (fully-qualified) share name into the Folder window, for example: \\\deptcommon$ . Where osX is the server you want to connect to.
  5. Click on the Connect using a different user name link further down.
  6. In the new window, enter your user name prefixed by AP1, for example: AP1\MACID
  7. Enter your MAC ID account password, and click OK - the new window closes.
  8. Click the Finish button to establish the drive link.

Option 2
  1. Initiate a VPN session to McMaster & authenticate to establish a tunnel.
  2. Click on Start and Run. Enter cmd and click on OK.
  3. In the open DOS window enter the path below at the prompt. Substitute X with the appropriate Office Server id. Also substitue department with your department name.

net use q: \\os\departmentcommon$ /USER:AP1\ MAC ID <press return>

Option 3

Use Notepad to create a batch file to link, or unlink, various shares in one pass. You must initiate a VPN session to McMaster and authenticate to establish a tunnel before you execute the batch file.

Linking (connecting shares) - Linkallbat

net use g: \\os\applsoft$ /USER:AP1\ MAC ID
net use h: \\os\ MAC ID $
net use i: \\os\ applinfo$
net use p: \\os\ deptappl$
net use q: \\os\ deptcommon$

Unlinking (disconnecting shares) - Unlinkall.bat:

net use g: /delete
net use h: /delete
net use i: /delete
net use p: /delete
net use q: /delete


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