Logging onto a Windows NT Domain and Mapping a Network Drive

*Now that all of our school sites have a Windows 2000 Server connected to their local networks, it is recommended that any critical information on your local computers such as grades, tests, e-mail profiles, etc. be backed up to those servers. The individual folders are secure; only that individual has rights to open, read, and modify files within it. Before these folders may be utilized, your computer must be configured to log onto your school domain in order to gain permission to access them. The following procedure should be helpful:

I. Computer Configuration:

A) In Windows 95 or 98, right click on the “Network Neighborhood” icon and then left click on the “Properties” tab at the bottom of the drop down menu. The following window will open:

B) Next double click on the “Client for Microsoft Networks” icon. The following window will open:

C) Click the box labeled “Log on to Windows NT domain to place a check mark in the box and in the dialog box below type “PARISH” without the quotation marks. We now have a single Active Directory domain parish wide.

*All of the windows may now be closed and your computer must be re-started.

D) When windows re-starts, the logon window will contain an additional line listing your local domain. Type in your network password and then strike “enter”.

*If you experience any problem with your initial logon, have your school  computer coordinator reset your password on the server. You must be authenticated by the NT server to access your folder on it.

II. Mapping a Network Drive:
*You will notice that when logging onto the domain drives are automatically mapped to the public folder on the proxy server, the users folder on your local school server, and the public folder on your local school server. Additional drives may also be mapped at schools running the AR or other software programs.

The example below shows how to map a network drive manually:

A) On the windows desktop, right click on the “Network Neighborhood” icon and then left click on the “Map Network Drive” tab. The following window should pop up:

B) Type in the information requested. The name following the \\ is the name of the computer and after the next \ is the share name of the folder.

C) After you click the OK button, a pop-up window will show all of the users folders on the server including yours. You will notice that you are allowed to open only your folder and denied permission to all others. This insures security for your individual files. If you can open any other folder in the window, notify Jude or myself immediately so that we can correct the problem.

D) By double clicking on your folder, it will open and allow you to drag any files from your local computer to your server folder thus creating a secure backup. In addition, when saving a file in your word processor or other application, choosing the “Save As” option in the file menu will enable you to save directly to your folder on the server.

*Failure to back up critical documents and user information such as address books and bookmark files will result in the loss of this data in the event of a hard disk failure.

Contact me if you have further questions,

Donald Gremillion