Accessing UWB Fileservers

Accessing UWB Fileservers

This guide is primarily focused on accessing the UWB Fileservers from Windows PCs. For instructions for MacOS, please see Accessing UWB Fileservers for Mac computers.
Access to the fileservers can be granted to either UW NetID accounts, or UWB Access Accounts. For further assistance, please contact the UWB Helpdesk (


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Off-Campus Access

To access the UWB Fileservers from non-UW networks (off-campus) Husky OnNet needs to be installed and activated on your computer. You will then be able to access the UWB Fileservers using either the quick access method or map a network drive method shown later in this document. For more information about Husky OnNet, please visit the page below.

Husky OnNet Information Page

Quick Access

These instructions allow quick access to the UWB Fileservers without mapping a network drive. This means that next time you need access, you will still need to follow the steps listed below.

  1. On the computer you will be using to access the UWB Fileservers, you can use one of these methods for quick access:
    - press the combination (Windows Key and 'R' at the same time)

    Windows and R keys

    - click on the Windows button in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

    Windows icon on desktop

    The two shares that you will need most are Departments and Faculty-Staff.

    The Departmental Share will hold files that are used by individual departments. You can reach this directly by entering \\\Departments\ in the steps outlined below.
    To directly access your department, add your department name to the end of the path.

    The Faculty-Staff share will hold your individual files that are not accessible by your department. If you click on the Faculty-Staff share, you should see a Home directory. Your individual directory should be inside this directory. You can reach this directly by entering \\\Faculty-Staff\Home. To directly access your individual storage, add your username to the end of the path.

  2. In the Run windows, type "\\\Departments" or "\\\Faculty-Staff\Home" without the quotation marks and click on the OK button or
    press the Enter key.

    Run window showing Open: field and OK button
  3. Once File Explorer opens showing the Department folders, navigate to the folder you seek.

    UWB Departments folder contents
  4. Close the File Explorer window when finished.

How to Map a Departmental Network Drive (PC)

Before mapping a network drive, please know for which account (UW NetID or UWB Access Account) access rights were granted.

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking your folder icon File explorer icon or type in "file explorer" in the Windows Search field on the taskbar, then click on File Explorer.

    Windows search showing File Explorer
  2. Select This PC from the Navigation Pane of the window
  3. Click the Computer tab on the Ribbon to change options
  4. Click Map network drive

    Steps to map drive
  5. When the Map Network Drive dialogue window opens, select the drive letter that you would like to use and enter the path to the network folder.
    For the Departments folder, select the letter W:
  6. For the Folder path, enter: "\\\departments" without the quotation marks.

    Note: If you are logging into your computer with an account different from the one that was granted access rights, select the Connect using different credentials box
  7. Click Finish.

    Enter drive information steps
  8. You may see a Windows Security dialogue window prompting you for credentials.

    If access rights were granted for your UWB Access Account:
    Enter your UWB Access Account username followed by @uwb, and the associated password.

    If access rights were granted for your NetID Account:
    Enter in your NetID username followed by @netid, and the associated password.

    Click OK to finish.

    Enter network credentials window.png
  9. You should now be able to see the network drives that you have just mapped by clicking on This PC.

    View newly mapped drive


If you have issues connecting from an off-campus location, check Husky OnNet to make sure that it is still working.
If you still havimg issues with Husky OnNet, please contact UW IT.


Still Need Help?

If you need additional assistance, please contact UW Bothell Information Technologies:

Call the IT Helpdesk at 425.352.3456
Email the IT Helpdesk at
Visit the IT Helpdesk in LB2-218


Last updated 02/22/2017