Data Lab Network Drives – Overview

The Data Lab maintains three network drives, the H:\, M:\ and S:\, which contain data and information related to GIS. Users are automatically connected to these drives in the Data Labs. On Tufts computers outside of the Data Lab, users will need to manually connect to these drives using the instructions in the following sections. 

  • The H:\ drive is a user’s personal network drive with 10 GB of storage for students enrolled in a GIS course.
  • The M:\ drive contains large & frequently used GIS datasets organized by geographic location and source. This data is read only.
  • The S:\ drive contains information regarding classes, projects, and Data Lab Administration.

To use the network drives in ArcMap, ArcCatalog or ArcGIS Pro, you must first map the network drives in Windows Files Folder. The following sections review the process from computers on the Medford, Boston or Grafton campuses, or from your home via the VPN.


Mapping a Network Drive in Windows on the Tufts Medford, Boston and Grafton Campuses

1.) Depending on which version of Windows the computer is running, Map a Network Drive as follows:

  • Windows 10: Type “This PC” into the Search Bar  → This PC → Click on Computer → Click Map Network Drive
  • Windows 7: Go to Start → Computer → Map Network Drive tab

2.) In the Drive drop down, choose the drive letter that you want to map (H:, M:, or S:). In the Folder drop down, manually enter or copy and paste the pathway for that letter (see pathways below image). Check the box for “Reconnect at sign-in” to automatically have this drive mapped.

Note: Make sure there are no preceding spaces or spaces at the end of the path.
  • For the M:\ drive enter: \\rstore1.uit.tufts.edu\tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
  • For the S:\ drive enter: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisprojects$
  • For the H:\ drive enter: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\yourUTLN (Example: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\asmith01) – See special note about H drive for the Boston/Grafton Campus.

*H Drive users on the Boston or Grafton Campus: After pressing finish, users will be prompted to enter their username (UTLN) and password in a new pop up window. Users must include “Tufts\” before their username. For instance username: Tufts\Asmith01.

4.) Repeat these steps to continue adding more network drive connections. 


Mapping a Network Drive in Windows from Home via the Tufts VPN

To use the network drives in ArcMap on your personal computer from home, you must first run the VPN Client and then map a network drive

1.) Download and Install the VPN Client. This only needs to be completed the first time you are using the VPN client. Follow these instructions to install the software: Installing the AnyConnect Desktop Application

2.) Connect to the VPN. Search for the program “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client”.  Double click on the program to open it.

3.) Enter vpn.tufts.edu/duo in the VPN server field.

4.) Click Connect. An authentication window will appear. Enter your Tufts username (eg. jjumbo01) and password. In the field next to Duo Passcode or Authentication method, you have a few options:

  • Type the word “push” – Duo will send you a push notification via the Duo mobile app on your smartphone.
  • Type the word “phone” – Duo will call the phone number you have registered for verification.
  • Enter Duo Passcode – Enter the six-digit passcode you are provided by the Duo mobile app on your smartphone.

5.) Depending on which authentication method you chose, there may be some next steps:

  • If you entered “push“, you will receive a push notification on the Duo mobile app on your smartphone. Click Approve to complete the login process.
  • If you entered “phone“, you will receive a phone call at the number you have registered with Duo. When prompted, press any key to verify your login.
  • If you entered a six-digit Duo Passcode correctly, you should be connected to the VPN.

6.) Once the connection is complete the AnyConnect icon will appear on your status bar indicating you now have a secure link to the Tufts network with full access to all Tufts network resources.

7.) Map Network Drives. Once you are running the VPN client and in Windows OS, then you can map the Network Drives. Depending on which version of Windows the computer is running, Map a Network Drive as follows:

  • Windows 10: Type “This PC” into the Search Bar  → This PC → Click on Computer → Click Map Network Drive
  • Windows 7: Go to Start → Computer → Map Network Drive tab

8.) In the Drive drop down, choose the drive letter that you want to map (H:, M:, or S:). In the Folder drop down, manually enter or copy and paste the pathway for that letter (see pathways below image). Check the box for “Reconnect at sign-in” to automatically have this drive mapped.

Note: Make sure there are no preceding spaces or spaces at the end of the path.
  • For the M:\ drive enter: \\rstore1.uit.tufts.edu\tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
  • For the S:\ drive enter: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisprojects$
  • For the H:\ drive enter: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\yourUTLN (Example: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\asmith01) – See special note about H drive for users at home via the vpn below.

*H Drive users at home using the VPN: After pressing finish, users will be prompted to enter their username (UTLN) and password in a new pop up window. Users must include “Tufts\” before their username. For instance username: Tufts\Asmith01.

9.) Repeat these steps to continue adding more network drive connections. 


Mapping a Network Drive on a Mac OS

1.) To Map a Network Drive on a Mac, go to Finder → Under the Go menu, select Connect To Server…

2.) In the Server Address Box, enter one of the following pathways:

  • For the H:\ drive enter: smb://rstore2.uit.tufts.edu/gisusers$/yourUTLN
  • For the M:\ drive enter: smb://rstore1.uit.tufts.edu/tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
  • For the S:\ drive enter: smb://rstore2.uit.tufts.edu/gisprojects$

Connecting to Folders in ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro

1.) Start ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro or ArcCatalog

2.) In the Catalog window, right click on Folder Connections and choose Connect to Folder. Alternatively, you can press on the folder with the plus sign to connect to a folder.

3.) Choose which folder you would like to connect to, including H, M, and S drives or an external hard drive.

4.) You will now see the desired drive contents in Catalog and they can be used for pulling in data.

*Note: When using ArcMap, always make sure that ArcMap data paths are set to be relative, not absolute. This will help make your ArcMap documents be more portable. To do this in ArcMap, click on File
Map Properties. At the Untitled Properties window, select the Data Source Option button and select store relative path names.


Requesting Research Storage (R Drive)

For larger storage needs, Research Technology within Tufts Technology Services provides network storage for research (R Drive). Faculty, researchers, and graduate students may request space, starting at 50 GB to up to several terabytes (TB), based on their identified research-specific computational and data acquisition needs.


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