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. This allows you to access and use the files and folders in the directory as if you were using a university computer. All changes made through the remote connection will be saved.. 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.
  • Map the home directory with the following information:
    Folder: \\homeX.ad.helsinki.fi\t\tunnus
    where the value for homeX can be found in the table below, based on the first letter of your username, t is the first letter of your username and tunnus is your username.

    a    home0
    b c d e    home1
    f g h    home2
    i j    home3
    k l    home4
    m    home5
    n o p    home6
    q r s    home7
    t u v    home8
    w x y z    home

    For example, the Folder field of the user Raimo Keski-Vääntö (username rkeskiva) looks like this: \\home7.ad.helsinki.fi\r\rkeskiva

  • Enter your username in the format ATKK\username
  • Make sure that you have established a secure remote connection (VPN connection) between your home computer and the University of Helsinki network.
  • To view your home directory (Z drive) on your home computer, follow these steps: Open the Resource management (File Explorer ) with the shortcut key combination Windows + E . Click the This PC icon 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.

 

  • From the menu, select an unassigned letter for Drive, e.g. Z:.
  • Fill in the Folder field \\homeX.ad.helsinki.fi\t\tunnus (note: backslash (ALT GR and +))
    where the value for homeX can be found in the table below, based on the first letter of your username, t is the first letter of your username and tunnus is your username.

    a    home0
    b c d e    home1
    f g h    home2
    i j    home3
    k l    home4
    m    home5
    n o p    home6
    q r s    home7
    t u v    home8
    w x y z    home

    For example, the Folder field of the user Raimo Keski-Vääntö (username rkeskiva) looks like this: \\home7.ad.helsinki.fi\r\rkeskiva

  • Make sure that the checkboxes for Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials are checked. Click Finish.

  • Enter your username in the format ATKK\username. Enter your password. If you select Remember my credentials, you will not have to enter your username and password every time.
  • It may take a while to connect.
  • Click OK.
  • The home directory is now connected to your home computer.

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