Before connecting to a file share, keep in mind that the way in which you do so may differ depending on the device you’re attempting to access them from, and whether you are on campus or not.

ITS offers two types of file shares:

Your Personal Home Share: This is a private network share accessible only to you which cannot be shared with others. The address for your home share is:

  • \\samba.lafayette.edu\home

All other file shares: This is a network share that nearly everyone in the college has access to but with differing levels of privilege; e.g. only people in the Athletics department may have access to the Athletics directory. The address for this share is:

  • \\samba.lafayette.edu\shared

Are you using a personal Windows computer?

  • Unfortunately, if you are using a non-College-provided Windows device, you will not be able to access your Samba shares directly. Instead, follow the instructions below to access your files from a web browser.

From a web browser

In a pinch, you can view and download your files using Smbweb from your Windows, macOS , or Linux device. We strongly recommend using the methods below over this one. See this page for help using Smbweb.

Smbweb will be retired on 1/22/2019.

Smbweb is not supported on mobile browsers.

From an Android or iOS device

To access Samba on your mobile device, please review the following:

Smbweb will be retired on 1/22/2019, along with support for the iOS and Android apps.

Accessing your file shares while on Campus

From a College-provided PC

Most College-provided PCs are preconfigured to connect to your file shares each time you login. Simply open the [File Explorer] and you can find them under [This PC]. If your shares are missing, we recommend you logoff and log back in, or simply reboot.

If the shares do not reconnect automatically after you’ve logged in,  contact the Help Desk for assistance.

From any Mac

All College-provided Macs come preinstalled with SMBMapper; an application that upon login, will connect to your file shares.

If you are using your own Mac, you will first need to download SMBMapper:

With SMBMapper installed:

  1. Open the application. Enter your Lafayette NetID and password and click [OK].
  2. After a successful login, your shares should appear as drives when browsing the files on your computer. You will also see shortcuts to the shares on your Desktop.

 

From a Linux device

To access Lafayette file shares on Linux, please review the following:

Seeing too many shares?

  • To mount only your preferred shares, login to SMBLinker and only check the items you wish to see.

To access file shares from off campus on a Windows, macOS, or Linux device, you must first be connected to the VPN.

Accessing your file shares while off Campus

From a College-provided PC

Unlike when you’re on campus, Lafayette file shares need to be manually connected while off campus. Once you are connected to the [VPN], please follow the instructions below to connect to your shares.

Note that these instructions apply to Windows 10, but can be followed for earlier versions of Windows

  1. Open Windows File Explorer and Select [This PC]
  2. Click the [Map network drive button] in the ribbon menu at the top, then select [Map network drive]. (This is under the Computer tab, which should open automatically when you go to This PC.)
  3. For Your Personal Home Share enter the following:
    • Drive Letter: U:
    • Folder: \\samba.lafayette.edu\home
  4. For All other file shares enter the following:
    • Drive Letter: P:
    • Folder: \\samba.lafayette.edu\shared
  5. Make sure [Reconnect at Login] is unchecked then click [Finish].

Once connected a window displaying your shares should appear. Open the [File Explorer] and you can find them under [This PC].

From any Mac

All College-provided Macs come preinstalled with SMBMapper; an application that upon login, will connect to your file shares.

If you are using your own Mac, you will first need to download SMBMapper:

Once connected to the [VPN], please follow the instructions below to connect to your shares.

  1. Open the application. Enter your Lafayette NetID and password and click [OK].
  2. After a successful login, your shares should appear as drives when browsing the files on your computer. You will also see shortcuts to the shares on your Desktop.

From a Linux device

To access Lafayette file shares on Linux, please review the following: