Using the Home directory (Z drive) remotely in Windows

These instructions are intended for home computers. The university’s centrally administered computers have their own instructions here.

You can establish a remote connection from your home computer to your home directory. You can access your files and folders as usual. All changes made through the remote connection will be stored. You can also connect to a group disk space by following these instructions..

Make sure that you have established a secure remote connection (VPN connection) between your home computer and the University of Helsinki network.

Open direct access to your home directory (the Z drive containing all your files) as follows.

Use a keyboard shortcut Windows + E to open the File Explorer. Click the This PC shortcut icon (see image below) in the directory structure on the left side of the window.

Open the Computer tab at the top of the This PC window. Click the Map network drive button.

The Map Network Drive window opens. Fill out as follows (see the image below):

  • Choose an unassigned letter for Drive, e.g. Z:.
  • For Folder, enter the following:  \\\home\u\username
    • where the value for u is the first letter of your username and username is your username.
  • Make sure that the checkboxes for Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials are checked.

For example, the username of Raimo Keski-Vääntö is rkeskiva. Accordingly, the address of his home directory is

Finally, click Finish.

 Enter your username in the form ATKK\username (NB. backslash (Alt-Gr +)). Enter your password. If you select Remember my credentials, you will not have to enter your username and password every time.

Your home directory will now open in a new window and the drive icon appears in the This PC window.

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