When working away from the University campus, staff and students can access their N and K drives by setting up our Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.
Note: The connection to N and K drives will fail at startup if you are working remotely and the VPN is not connected.

Accessing N and K drives:

It is possible to use the in-built Connect to Server... function in Finder to connect to your N drive and K drives.

Follow the steps below to setup connections to your N and K drives:

  1. Identify your N and K drive addresses:
    • N Drive : Use Find my N Drive tool to identify the folder address of your N drive. (note: You need to have connected via the VPN to use this tool when off campus)
    • K Drive : The address is smb://sp1.uni.ds.port.ac.uk/Public.
  2. Connect to your N and K drives
    1. From the Finder bar, choose Go then Connect to Server.... Connect to Server... location in the Go menu
    2. In the Server Address field, enter your N drive location. Example N drive location
    3. If you are prompted to authenticate enter your computer account username and password, ticking Remember this password in my keychain if you wish to store the username and password.
    4. Repeat the previous for the K drive using smb://sp1.uni.ds.port.ac.uk/Public in the Server Address field.
  3. Your drives should appear in the Devices area of the Finder window, making it easy to access your files whilst on campus or when working remotely using VPN. N drive visible in the Devices area of the Finder window

There should be no need to configure search domains but if this is an issue follow the steps below:

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then choose Network. The location of Network in the System Preferences menu
  2. Choose the connection you use to access the N drive (normally Automatic), press the Advanced button. Screenshot of the Network window
  3. Choose the DNS tab. Enter the following search domain using the + button to add (authenticating by clicking the lock if necessary): uni.ds.port.ac.uk. The DNS tab selected and the search domain typed in
  4. Press OK then after returning to the Network pane, press Apply and close System Preferences. An example how the Network window's populated fields may look like after following the instructions

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