Mapping a Network Drive

You can create a shortcut in Windows 10 to a network (shared) drive, such as an EFS drive, by connecting to (mapping to) that drive. 


  • If you work with sensitive or confidential data, you will need to connect to Phoenix with a secure, encrypted University-owned computer.
  • Make sure you’ve logged into the Georgetown network with your laptop computer at least once in your office using a wired (Ethernet) connection before you attempt to map a Phoenix drive from home. Otherwise, you may receive the message The system cannot log you on now because the domain GEORGETOWN is not available.


  1. Log in to the Georgetown VPN
  2. Open File Explorer. 
  3. In File Explorer, click on This PC, located on the left-hand side of the window. 
  4. Click on the Computer tab. 
  5. In the Computer ribbon, click on the Map network drive button, and then select Map network drive from the drop-down list. 
  6. In the Map Network Drive window, perform the following:
    1. Select a drive letter from the Drive drop-down. (In the example shown below, drive letter “D” was selected.)
    2. Enter the path of the folder (e.g., Phoenix [EFS] drive). (In the example shown below, “efs123” was entered as the folder to map to.)
    3. Click Finish

      A new File Explorer window opens with your mapped drive. You’ll also see the drive listed on the left side of the File Explorer window, under “This PC”, as shown below.