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Accessing Files

Computer Management

File storage on the Active Directory (AD) file server provides secure, backed up data storage for faculty and staff. Personal file storage (P: drive) is set up for individual use. Shared file storage (N: drive) is set up for departments.

You can access data stored on the AD file servers from any computer on the University network.

  • On computers that have been added to AD, the N: and P: drives will be automatically configured when you sign in to your computer with your AD credentials.
  • On computers that have not been added to AD, to access files you will need to manually configure the connection (details below).

Note that to access AD data files while off-campus, you must first sign in to the UMD VPN service

Requesting File Storage/Access

P: Drive:
Personal folders (P: drive) are created on request for faculty or staff who have workstations on Active Directory.

To request a personal folder for yourself, complete the online form at: AD File Storage / Access Request.

N: Drive:
Shared folders (N: drive) are created for each department that has workstations on Active Directory. Access to department shared folders must be requested by the person in the department who manages the folder data.

To request or update access to a shared folder, the data owner should complete the online form at: AD File Storage / Access Request.

Apple Computer - Accessing Files

To access AD files using a Mac computer, it must be managed by ITSS using Jamf Pro, and configured to use Enterprise Connect.

Enterprise Connect is a program developed by Apple Inc. to synchronize your University and computer passwords, and automatically connect to AD drives.

For more information or to start using Jamf Pro or Enterprise Connect, please contact our Help Desk at 218-724-8847 or email