IT Services

Accessing network drives

VPN enables remote access to JYU network drives (e.g. U-, W-, S- and O-drives). This guide helps you to connect network drives on a Windows computer.

In case you have not yet installed the VPN client, you can find the instructions from here.

Accessing the network drives remotely can be partly done without using VPN connection. In some cases it might be easier not to use VPN connection. The guide for the alternative method can be found here: Transferring files between your own computer and university home directory using WinSCP


To access any network drive you will first need to know the address of the network drive.The addresses of the most common network drives are:

  • U-drive: \\\homes\username or the physical address.
    The physical address of the U-drive varies. Login to from the link "Password change service". After logging in you are able to see some information related to your JYU user account. The address of the U-drive is the one that says "Home Directory". It should be something like \\\homesY\username
  • W-drive: \\\username
  • S-drive: \\\commonshare (depending on the situation it used to be \\\share1 OR \\\share2 OR \\\share3 OR \\\commonshare )
  • O-drive: \\\share2\Opiskelu


Mapping the network drive

First connect the VPN client.


Windows 8 has been used in the example below, but the same principle applies also to other Windows versions.


A network drive can be mapped when you open "Computer" from the start menu -> select (from the upper left bar) "Computer" -> "Map network drive"


After this you need to type in the correct settings.

  • In the Drive field select a letter for the network drive (e.g. U, S, W or O)
  • In the Folder field type in the address of the network drive. O-drive has been used as an example below. The addresses of the most common network drives have been listed in the beginning of this guide.
  • Check the box "Reconnect at sign-in" if you want that the network drive automatically connects and does not need to be set again.
  • Check the box "Connect using different credentials"


After this click "Finish". You will be prompted to enter a user account and a password. Type in your JYU user account as and your password as usual.


After this click "OK" -> "Finish". The network drive has now been succesfully mapped.



Alternative method to mapping the network drive: command prompt

Network drives can also be mapped through the command prompt using the command "net use":

net use driveletter: \\server\share * /

    e.g. O-drive could be mapped like this:

    • net use O: \\\share2\Opiskelu * /