Network Storage & Mapping Network Drives

LTS provides network storage space for all current Lehigh students, faculty, and staff. Commonly referred to as the "H: drive" (because access is provided on Windows PCs using the H: drive mapping), an individual's personal network drive provides 5Gb of storage space. Users are encouraged to use this space to save and backup files, as they can be accessed from any networked computer on-campus or off (via the VPN). Since this storage spaces resides on Lehigh's network, previous versions of files saved in this location can usually be easily recovered if they have been accidently deleted or lost.

Accessing Network Storage (H: Drive) on Windows

The easiest way for students to map to their H: drive on their personal Windows computer is by installing the WIRED Client. The WIRED Client is a simple, custom utility that maps and connects to Lehigh network drives and queues. You can install the WIRED Client for Windows via the Lehigh University Install Software page.

Alternatively, the H: drive may be mapped manually using the step-by-step instructions.

Accessing Network Storage (H: Drive) on Mac

In order to connect to your network storage space on a Mac, you will need to manually map to the location. This can be accomplished in Mac OS X through the Finder "Go" menu, "Connect to Server" and type one of the following (based on your alphabetic assignment of your userID, replacing "userID" below with your own personal Lehigh userID):

  • UserID's A-H: cifs://ad;
  • UserID's I-L: cifs://ad;
  • UserID's M-Z: cifs://ad;

For more detailed instructions on mapping the H: drive on a Mac, please see the step-by-step instructions.

Accessing Departmental Network Storage (I: Drive) for Faculty/Staff

Lehigh faculty & staff should map the I: drive if in need of access to department specific network storage. If your computer does not automatically connect to your I: drive at login, you may need to map it manually. Because network space for each department is unique, you will need the path to where your department's data is stored in order to complete the process. If you are unsure about your path, consult your department's computing consultant.

For detailed instructions on mapping the I: drive on a PC, please see the step-by-step instructions for Windows.
For detailed instructions on mapping the I: drive on a Mac, please see the step-by-step instructions for Mac.

Accessing the J: Drive for Banner (Faculty/Staff only)

Lehigh faculty & staff who need to run specific Banner applications can manually map to the J: drive. If you need additional assistance with Banner, consult your department's computing consultant.

For detailed instructions on mapping the J: drive for Banner, see the step-by-step instructions.

Access at Public Sites

You will automatically have access to your H: drive (and I: drive if applicable) whenever you log into a public site computer. There is no need to manually connect to this drive. By default, files that are saved or downloaded on a public site computer will save to your H: drive. All users are encouraged to always save files to either this location or to a portable USB drive while working on public site computers. Saving files locally on a public site computer is a bad practice as there is no guarantee that the file will still be on that computer the next time you log in.

Off-Campus Access (VPN)

You can also gain access to your H: or I: drive when you are off-campus. Before you can use one of the methods listed above to connect to your network storage space, you will first need to connect to Lehigh's Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN acts as a secure connection between your own off-campus computer and Lehigh's protected network. Lehigh's secure VPN supports Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as some mobile devices.

Once you are logged into the VPN, you can connect to your personal network storage space on the H: drive by either logging into the WIRED Client or by manually mapping to the drive as noted above. You can download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN via the Lehigh Univesity Install Software page. Detailed instructions can be found on Lehigh's VPN page.

Restore Files with Shadow Copy

You can retrieve a previous version of a file on your H: drive by utilizing a feature called Shadow Copy. This feature saves backups of previous versions of files on the H: drive, and also allows backups to occur while files are open. Shadow copy backups are being made twice a day at 12 noon and 7pm. This allows you to restore files or whole folders that have been changed/overwritten or deleted. The Shadow Copy volume has a limited amount of space and will overwrite the oldest entries when it runs out of room.

Shadow Copy can be used on any Windows PC using the step-by-step instructions. At this time, there is no easy way to utilize Shadow Copy on a Mac. Mac users can either restore the file to their H: drive using Shadow Copy directly on a public site computer, or log into the Virtual Public Site to use Shadow Copy in the same manner.

To learn how to use Shadow Copy, see the Instructions for Using Shadow Copy.

The Public Folder

All users' network storage space contains a folder called 'public'. The public folder is a place where files can be shared with others. Anything saved to this folder will be accessible to all users on campus as a read-only file. You should only save files to this folder if you are certain you want to allow others to see them.

You can access the public folders of other users via the utility labeled "LU Public" near the top of the Programs list on any public site PC. This folder contains an alphabetical listing by userID of the public folders of all current students, faculty, and staff.

If you are working on a Mac, accessing the read-only public folder of someone else's H: drive can be done by opening a Web browser and going to (substituting the person's Lehigh userID for "userid".)