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How do I map a network drive to SharePoint?

Important Notes

  • Mapping of SharePoint drives is no longer officially supported by Microsoft. Microsoft's recommendation is to use Sharepoint directly in the web browser or Microsoft OneDrive For Business.
  • Mapping of SharePoint drives is not supported on a Mac computer. Microsoft recommends using OneDrive For Business or a web browser. Please note that OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are two different products. 
  • Mapped SharePoint drives are designed to periodically disconnect. SharePoint 2013 uses SAML tokens for user authentication. This SAML token is set to expire every 12 hours. Upon expiry, the user must sign into SharePoint via Internet Explorer, or else the mapped drive for SharePoint will stop working. This behaviour is by design for security. 
  • Metadata and other SharePoint features - such as views, file version history, alerts - are not available within File Explorer.

 

Mapping a SharePoint drive

To map a local drive to the Hosted SharePoint site:

  • Disconnect any existing mapped SharePoint drives: 

  • Open Internet Explorer. Please note any other browsers - such as Google Chrome, or Firefox - will not work.
  • Add the Hosted SharePoint site to Trusted Sites. 
  • In Internet Explorer, browse to your Hosted Sharepoint site. e.g. https://*.hostedsharepoint.co.nz
  • Enter your credentials, and confirm that you can log in and access the site.
  • On your computer, click the "Start" or Windows menu.
  • Select "Computer".
  • Click "Map network drive". 
  • Type the Hosted SharePoint URL e.g. https://*.hostedsharepoint.co.nz
  • Tick the "Reconnect at sign-in" and "Connect using a different credential" tick boxes:
  • Enter your credentials:
  • Click "Finish". This will add a mapped drive to the root of your Sharepoint site.
  • If the error below appears, you will need to confirm that the Hosted SharePoint site has been added to Trusted Sites.
  • Once the drive is mapped, the folder can be added as a shortcut or pinned under Quick Access:

 

 

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