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Connect ('Map a drive') to your J: or Z: drive

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Read First: What is a J: or Z: drive?

Members of staff of CEP and STICERD are given a networked user-space in which they can save files and documents.
  • For STICERD users this is your Z: drive.
  • For CEP users this is your J: drive.
Please use your RLAB DOMAIN user-space (J:drive or Z:drive) to save your important files as this drive is backed up onto tape each night.

Another advantage to saving your files on J: or Z: is that you can also connect to this networked drive remotely from home.

When you log onto a computer on the RLAB DOMAIN your J: or Z: drive should appear automatically in My Computer

[Picture of J: Drive icon] [Picture of Z: Drive icon]

If - for whatever reason - you loose the connection - the instructions to manually map to your J: or Z: drive from your PC in CEP or STICERD are given below.

For users manually connecting to their J: or Z: drives from a laptop and/or from another department or outside of the School please see the section Connecting to your J: or Z: drive from the LSE, from your laptop, or from home

Manually connect to your J: or Z: drive

These instructions are for users logged onto to the RLAB DOMAIN at CEP or STICERD.

For users connecting from a laptop and/or from another department or outside of the School please see the section Connecting to your J: or Z: drive from the LSE, from your laptop, or from home
  1. Open Computer. From the menu bar choose Map Network Drive...

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Option]

  2. CEP Users

    1. In Drive select J: as the drive letter from the drop down list.

    2. In Folder enter \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\username$ - where username is your IT account username.

      In our example the username is smithj for fictitious user John Smith. Therefore the pathname is \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\smithj$.

      [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

    STICERD Users

    1. In Drive select Z: as the drive letter from the drop down list.

    2. In Folder enter \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\firstname+firstletter of lastname$

      In our example for fictitious user John Smith, the pathname is \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\johnS$.

      [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

  3. Check the box Reconnect at Logon and click Finish.

    [Picture of Checkbox Reconnect at Logon]

  4. Your J: drive or Z: drive should now appear ...

    [Picture of Checkbox Reconnect at Logon]



  5. ... and in My Computer an icon for your J: or Z: drive should be present

    [Picture of J: Drive icon] [Picture of Z: Drive icon]



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Connecting to your J: or Z: drive from the LSE, from your laptop, or from home

  1. If you are connecting from home make sure you have already connected remotely to the LSE network using VPN

    If you are connecting from your laptop make sure you are connected to the LSE network either

    • physically using an ethernet cable plugged into a working network point OR

    • wirelessly and logged onto the network (instructions available).


  2. Open Computer. From the menu bar choose Map Network Drive...

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Option]

  3. CEP Users

    1. In Drive select J: as the drive letter from the drop down list.

    2. In Folder enter \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\username$ - where username is your IT account username.

      In our example the username is smithj for fictitious user John Smith. Therefore the pathname is \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\smithj$.

      [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

    STICERD Users

    1. In Drive select Z: as the drive letter from the drop down list.

    2. In Folder enter \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\firstname+firstletter of lastname$

      In our example for fictitious user John Smith, the pathname is \\rlabf.rlab.lse.ac.uk\johnS$.

      [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

  4. IMPORTANT!

    Click on Connect using a different user name.

    [Picture of Connect using a different user name]

    The Windows Security dialog box will appear.

    Click Use Another Account

    In the username box type 'RLAB\' and your RLAB IT Account username. In our example RLAB\smithj

    In the password box enter your password

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

    Click OK to close Windows Security dialog box

    Click Finish on the Map Network Drive dialog box.

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog: Finish]

  5. Your J: drive or Z: drive should now appear ...

    [Picture of J: Drive]

  6. ... and in Computer an icon for your J: or Z: drive should be present

    [Picture of J: Drive icon] [Picture of Z: Drive icon]

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