Mapping the Y Drive

Select your operating system to view step-by-step instructions on connecting to the Y drive. If you are not on campus, you will first need to connect to BUMC VPN before attempting to connect to the “Y” drive. 


  1. Click the Start button, then click “Computer”
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  2. Click “Map network drive”
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  3. Assign the drive any letter that is available (we prefer personal folders to use the letter Y:)3
  4. Enter “\\ad.bu.edu\bumcfiles\” in the Folder field OR you can enter the full path to your desired location.”Reconnect at logon”should be checked ON.
    Click “Finish”.
    If you are already logged into a BU computer with your Kerberos credentials and are connected to the BU network, your drive should now be mapped.
    Otherwise, continue to step 5.
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  5. If you are not connected to a BU network, please follow the instructions on how to connect to the BUMC VPN.
  6. If you are not logged into a BU computer with your Kerberos credentials, “Connecting using different credentials” should be checked ON.4_5

    Click “Finish”Windows will prompt you to enter your BU credentials to access the server.
    In that case, please enter your credentials as follows:username: AD\<your Kerberos username>
    password: your Kerberos password“Remember by credentials” should be checked ON so that you don’t have to enter it every time you want to connect to it.

    Click “OK”

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  7. Your drive should now be mapped!


  1. At the top of the desktop window from the Finder, select Go> Connect to Server (Or use the keyboard shortcut Command +K)
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  2. Enter the Server Address of the network drive: smb://ad.bu.edu/bumcfiles
  3. Click the + to add the Server Address to your Favorite Servers. Click Connect.mac2
  4. An Authentication Window will open
  5. In the Authentication Window, select Registered User and enter your BU username and password with “ad” before your username (ad\username) and Kerberos password and click Connect (older Mac OS- click OK)
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  6. The drive is now mounted.
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