Connecting To A Samba Directory: Windows XP

  • What Do I Need to Use Samba?

    1. A valid RCI or Eden account.
    2. For access off-campus,  VPN software configured to connect to the Rutgers Network.
    3. A Samba password, which must first be obtained by clicking on the Samba Access link on the respective system's Webtools page below. The Samba password, separate from the RCI or Eden password, will be sent to the account owner's email address. The same holds true for departamental accounts and student organization accounts.

    - RCI:
    - Eden:

    4. A computer using Windows 7.

    5. The path to connect to the shared folders

    There are two possible Samba paths. The first is www, the public_html directory in which Web page files are kept. The second is homes which is the special directory on the account which users are allowed to access using Samba.
    6. Finally the name of the host (i.e. RCI or Eden) upon which the share will be located.

  • Step 1

    From the WIndows Desktop, Right-Click on the My Computer icon and select Map Network Drive.

  • Step 2

    The Map Network Drive dialog box will appear.

  • Step 3

    Use the drop-down menus to make the following selections:

    • select an available drive letter next to "Drive".
    • In the space provided for "Folder" you need to specify the appropriate path. The path will be entered in the following format:


    For example, if a user wishes to mount a RCI_drive directory, he/she would type in:

    \\\homes for the private directory


    \\\www for the public_html directory.


    Eden users would subsititute "eden" for "rci" in the path name.

  • Step 4

    Click Finish to conenct to the Samba directory. You will be prompted for your RCI (Eden) NetID (username) and your unique Samba password that was sent by e-mail to your RCI (Eden) account. Note: the Samba password is case-sensitive and can be cut and pasted from the e-mail message to the password field.

  • Step 5

    Once you've logged in, a Samba folder will be available as a drive on the My Computer screen. It should appear similar to the following:

  • Step 6

    Files can now be moved, removed, and accessed as if the files were on the local computer the account owner is using.

  • Common Errors and Solutions

    The following are errors that my be experienced when using remote drive mapping with Samba.

    1. The Network Path \\\www (or \\\www) could not be found

    That error could mean one of three things:
    -Your network connection may be unavailable. Try visiting several other webpages both at Rutgers and off-campus.
    -If you are using a computer off-campus, you may need to connect to the Rutgers Network with the VPN software before trying to map a drive using Samba. Information about VPN can be found at
    -The special Samba directories may not exist on the account. For example, there may not be a public_html directory on an account so the www share won't be able to connect. A public_html directory can be created by connecting to an RCI or Eden account with SSH and entering the command mkdir public_html. A directory called RCI_drive or EDEN_drive is automatically created for the homes share when remote drive mapping is enabled, and should not be deleted. If that happens, use SSH and re-create the directory using the command mkdir RCI_drive or mkdir EDEN_drive.

  • Need Help with Remote Drive Mapping?

    Contact the Help Desk at 732-445-HELP (4357) or send an e-mail to