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Connect to Network Drives used by the College of Liberal Arts on a computer running a Linux operating system.

On a PC, network drives are given a letter designation. This is why you may hear Liberal Arts network drives referred to as the H, S, and U drives.

Step-by-step guide

Connecting Off Campus

If you are connecting to a Liberal Arts network drive off campus, establish a VPN connection first. Instructions can be found here: Connect to TAMU VPN


  1. These screen shots are from Mint Linux Cinnamon. Open your File Manager.

  2. Under the "File" menu item click Connect to Server...


  3. In the "Connect to Server" window change the Type from FTP to Windows share. A Windows share maybe be also referred to as Samba or SMB.


  4. In the "Server:" field enter the address for the Liberal Arts server clafs3.cla.tamu.edu .  The example below is to connect to your H drive. Please place your NetID in place of netid. See the step 7 below for a list of Liberal Arts Network Drives.


  5. Click the remember this password. This will make it easy to reconnect to this network drive location later.

  6. Click Connect.


  7. List of Liberal Arts Network Drives

    CLA Domain Server Addresses

    Network Drive Common Name

    Server Address

    Folder path

    Access
    H Driveclafs3.cla.tamu.edu/home/netidOnly you have access to the H drive. Netid is to be replaced with your netid.
    S Driveclafs3.cla.tamu.edu/shares/DEPT

    Everyone in your department can see items in the S drive. DEPT is to be replaced with your department's 4 letter abbreviation.

    There are some folders in the S drive that only select people can view. This varies by department; please ask your local Liberal Arts IT professional if you are unsure about a folder's access or need a folder with restricted access.

    U Driveclafs3.cla.tamu.edu/shares/Universal

    Everyone in the College of Liberal Arts can see items in the U drive.

    There are some folders in the U drive that only select people can view. Please ask your local Liberal Arts IT professional if you are unsure about a folder's access or need a college-wide folder with restricted access.