Changes to Network Drive Mappings FAQ
CTS is moving its managed clients to a new DFS namespace, resulting in a change to Windows users' automated drive mappings.
Changes to Network Drive Mappings FAQ Document
Q: Which storage areas will be affected?
A: Generally, any shared network storage area will likely have a new folder link and will be available through the new S: drive. Any drive letters that were assigned by IT to access these storage areas will likely be removed.
Q: Where will I find my files?
A: Go to the new S: drive which you'll find under "This PC" in the file explorer and there should be a folder inside that links to the old mapped drive you are used to seeing.
Q: Will I see folder links to all 160+ drive mappings?
A: No. You will only see folder links for storage spaces that you have permissions for, so the average user will probably see fewer than ten of these folder links.
Q: Will this affect files stored on my computer?
A: Files on the C:, D: or other local file storage on your computer will not be affected.
Q: Could any of my files get deleted due to this change?
A: No. The change doesn't affect any files, folders or servers. It is simply a change to how you navigate to your files. If you don't see something you feel you should, it's most likely a permissions issue which can easily be fixed by contacting Help Desk.
Q: Will this affect my One-Drive files?
A: Neither your personal One-Drive space, or any synced One-Drive spaces will be affected.
Q: Will this affect files stored on SharePoint?
A: Files stored in SharePoint, even if they are synced to your computer, will not be affected.
Q: I have mapped drives that I created myself, will they be affected?
A: A manually mapped drive will not be affected unless it uses the letter ‘S’, in which case it will be replaced with the new "Share" drive.
Q: Can you better explain what “individual shares within each of the old mapped areas will receive it's own link” means?
A: For example, Biology faculty currently go to U:\Biology. Under the new system they will go to the temporary link at "S:\_U_LS\Biology". Once the files for Biology are moved to a new storage system, and a new link is created for the Biology share, faculty will go to "S:\Biology", and will no longer need the temporary “_U_LS” link, which will be removed.
Q: Why not create all the permanent department/research links now?
A: We have identified over 1700 shares across the areas we manage on campus. Each needs to be evaluated, as some may move to SharePoint, while others may not be needed at all. This process will take time, so having an interim step using temporary folder links provides the best short-term benefits while still allowing the desired long-term goals.
Q: Will links in the \\uFiles.ad.uwm.edu\UWM namespace still work?
A: The existing \\uFiles.ad.uwm.edu\UWM namespace will continue to work, and all existing links will work, but that namespace is deprecated, with plans to retire it by the end of 2021. If you have resources that use the \\uFiles.ad.uwm.edu\UWM namespace, contact Help Desk to work with the DFS Project Management team to plan for transitioning the resources to the new \\ad.uwm.edu\Shares namespace.