Remote Access

VPN Connection

BU IS&T has suggested that students and faculty use Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to connect remotely to the Boston University network. To set up the VPN Client, follow the instructions located here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I set up the connection for normal VPN access?

  1. Start the VPN client on your machine.
  2. In the window that pops up, enter into the text field and click “Connect”.
  3. In the new window, enter your Kerberos username & password.

How do I set up the connection for Two-Factor Authentication?

  • Some users who utilize the UIS client for their work will need Two-Factor Authentication to access the program. BU IS&T has provided instructions to help establish this connection.

Mapping Shared Drives

Faculty members should be familiar with their personal and department shared drives on their computers. The following section covers how to mount these drives for both on-campus and off-campus use.

Windows 7 & Windows 10

  1. Access the “Map Network Drive” setup menu.
    Windows 7:
    Open Computer by clicking the Start button and then clicking Computer. Then, click Map Network Drive to access the setup menu.
    Windows 10:
    Open File Explorer and in the Computer tab, select Map Network Drive to access the setup menu.
  2. Fill in the Drive and Folder fields with the appropriate information for the drive being mapped.
    Home Directory/Personal Directory:
    Drive: H
    Folder: \\\home$\YOURBULOGINNAME
    Department Shared Directory:
    Drive: K
    MET Folder: \\\data$
    SHA Folder: \\\hospitality$
    Department Storage Directory:
    Drive: S
    Folder: \\\storage$
    Personal Archive Directory:
    Drive: I
    Folder: \\\user_storage$\YOURBULOGINNAME
    MIS Directory:
    Drive: L
    Folder: \\\MIS$
    CPEAPPS Directory:
    Drive: G
    Folder: \\\CPEAPPS$
  3. Make sure “Reconnect on logon” is checked and click Finish.


  1. While in the Finder application, press Command+K on your keyboard.
  2. Enter the path to the desired network drive you want to map.
    Home Directory/Personal Directory:
    Path: smb://$/YOURBULOGINNAME
    Department Shared Directory:
    MET Path: smb://$
    SHA Path: smb://$
    Department Storage Directory:
    Path: smb://$
    Personal Archive Directory:
    Path: smb://$/username/YOURBULOGINNAME
    MIS Directory:
    Path: smb://$
    CPEAPPS Direcotry:
    Path: smb://$
  3. Click the Connect button and enter your login credentials.
  4. Once you have established a connection, go to the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  5. Go to Accounts or Users and Groups depending on your version of MAC OS.
  6. Click on Login Items
  7. Click on the + button to add another login item.
  8. Pick the network drive you wish to mount and click Add.

Frequently Asked Questions

On Windows, I already have something associated with that drive letter. What should I do?

  • The drive letter is just a simplified naming convention for the drive you are mounting and bears no major influence on the connection to the drive. To avoid confusion when communicating with co-workers, we would suggest moving the existing drive to a new letter and mapping the desired network drive to the appropriate drive letter mentioned above.

I am off-campus and not able to access my network drives.

  • In order to access the storage drives from off-campus, you must make sure that you are using the AnyConnect VPN client to connect to the school’s network.

I have a computer at home that I use for work from time to time. Can I use it to access my storage drives?

  • You can access a drive from a personal computer if you choose to do so. To do this, make sure to be connected via VPN and when mounting the drive you make sure to use your Kerberos username and password for the login credentials to the network drive.
  • NOTE: To login to a drive using different credentials, make sure that “Connect using different credentials” is checked before clicking Finish.