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If you are accessing the file system from an external source also see the following for external access: Remote Access FAQ
If you do login to share from a public system, remember to disconnect when you are done. This can be accomplished by disconnecting the drive, logging out of the system or rebooting.
This FAQ assumes your machine is already connected to the network; if not please see the Windows Networking FAQ.
In order to connect to the department's SAMBA server, a change to the default setting of the Window's registry is required. The following procedure only needs to be performed once. This change applies to all versions of Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP).
To gain access to your files, you must do what is commonly referred to as logging on to the share server. There are several methods for doing this. You can find step by step instructions (with pictures!) in the Extended Drive Mapping FAQ.
The most common procedure is given here: