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Windows 7: help accessing & mapping network drive without VPN

10 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
help accessing & mapping network drive without VPN


my employers IT support department has emailed me a certificate which allows me to access my office pc desktop using RDC without the need to establish a VPN to the server.

My question is - can I now someone map one of the shared drives that is on the main office service again without the need to establish a VPN? perhaps using this "certificate" ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It can be done with with SFTP or FTP, but that server needs to be running on the remote site.

Step 1:
Open Windows Explorer
This can be accomplished by right-clicking on the Start Button and selecting the Open Windows Explorer option.

Step 2:
Select the computer icon to reveal the Map network drive option.
Select Map network drive

Step 3:
On the What network folder would you like to map?
Select Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.

Step 4:
On the Welcome to the Add Network Location Wizard screen:
Click Next

Step 5:
On the Where do you want to create this network location? screen:
Select Choose a custom network location
Click Next

Step 6:
On the Specify the location of your website screen:
Enter the ftp address of your remote server
Click Next

Step 7:
On the Specify a Username and Password if Required screen:
Un-check Log on anonymously
Enter your username in the User name field
Click Next

Step 8:
On the What do you want to name this location? screen:
Specify the name of this remote location as you would like it to appear in Windows Explorer. Make it something descriptive so it is easy to find.
Click Next

Step 9:
On the Completing the Add Network Location Wizard screen:
Click Finish
Click Next

Step 10:
Log on to your remote server to test new connection
Enter your login credentials
Check the Save password box if you would like for Windows to automatically log you in everytime you click on this connection.

Click the Log On button

If everything was setup correctly you should see your remote files in Windows Explorer as if they were located on a hard drive in your system.
Your remote server will now appear as a drive on your computer through Windows Explorer


You can also use 3rd party software to do this.
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