Students, staff, and faculty can access the network shares on IUP’s network through mapping the appropriate drive.
Students, staff, and faculty have access to certain shares on the IUP network. In order to access these shares, you must map the network share on your computer. This process is called drive mapping. When you map a drive, you assign the network share a letter. If you want to go to that network share, you simply click on the drive letter from your computer file system.
The “H Drive,” “O Drive,” and “P Drive” are some of the most common mappings. When you use the P Drive, for example, you are taken to the Project share. This is a storage space that some professors use for disseminating information and materials for a course. It can also be used for turning in assignments, if the professor chooses to do that.
Be sure to get the network path from the list of options for the drive mapping that you wish to connect to. If you are following the instructions for mapping the network drive, you will need to know the network path.
The instructions for mapping the drives are below the list of drive mappings. Note: Your username will need to be in the format iupmsd\username.
It is important to remember, when you are off campus, you must use VPN to connect to the IUP network before you try to map any IUP drive, or access a drive you have already mapped.
Home Directory (H Drive)
Each student receives 2 GB of network storage space known as their “student home directory” or H: drive. The H: drive is commonly used to store projects, documents, portfolios, etc. This individual storage space is only accessible by the owner (student) and is backed up on a regular basis. The H: drive is automatically mapped for students who log in to any of the public computing labs on campus.
Student web pages are stored in the “wwwiup” folder located on your H: drive. Content placed in this folder will be accessible via the web at http://www.people.iup.edu/username/ (where “username” is your four-letter student username).
The H Drive is a folder that is located on the IUP network that you, and only you, have access to.
Some colleges follow the Employee drive mapping. Each college is different. Please log an
ihelp ticket to find out your specific path if the Employee path does not work.
yourusername = Replace this with your IUP Computing Username
Office Directory (O Drive) for Employees
The Office Directory or “O Drive,” is a folder located on the IUP network which is only available to members of the same office.
officeshare = Name of the shared directory folder for your particular office. Each office will have a different folder name.
Project Directory (P Drive)
The Project Directory, or “P Drive,” is a folder located on the IUP network which is only available to instructors and students of individual classes. After the P drive is mapped, you will still have to navigate to your particular class.
The X Drive is a folder located on the IUP network which is only available to individuals who have been granted access.
The dispatch share contains files created when a user utilizes one of many services. More information can be found on the
dispatch share page.
The following are course portfolios used by certain majors here at IUP.
The History Portfolio is shared space on the IUP network for history majors to store their portfolio data.
The Nursing Portfolio is shared space on the IUP network for Nursing majors to store their portfolio data.
You must be connected to the IUP network before you start this process. If you are on campus and connected to IUP, you can proceed with the mapping process. If you are off campus, you must connect the IUP network via VPN, before you try to access mapped drives.
Please note that we do not support Windows XP or Vista operating systems.
Windows 10 Drive Mapping Instructions
Note 1: Enter your IUP username as iupmsd\username, substituting your username and paying careful attention to the direction of the backslash (\)
Upon successful authentication, the mapped drive will appear in a new window.
If you would like to create a shortcut to your mapped drive:
You will then have a shortcut on your desktop to the newly created drive mapping.
Apple MAC Drive Mapping Instructions
Windows 8 or 8.1 Drive Mapping Instructions
Windows 7 Drive Mapping Instructions