Accessing Homedrive via GlobalProtect

Once a remote access connection has been established, you can connect to the Homedrive server.

If you are unsure how to establish a remote access connection, please see the GlobalProtect Remote Access KBA.


  1. Open Finder.
  2. Launch the Connect to Server window by doing any of the following:
    • Select Go from the Finder menu. Select Connect to Server from the drop down options.
    • Press Command + K simultaneously.
  3. Type in (e.g smb://
  4. Once you’ve input the address, click the + to add it to Favorite Servers then click Connect.
  5. When the password box appears type in the following credentials:
  • For Username (if not pre-populated): UniID (eg u1234567)
  • For Password:  University (Identity) Password.
  1. Select OK to mount the network drive.
  2. The drive will now appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar.


  1. Open File Explorer by doing any of the following:
    • Click the Start button. Start typing File Explorer, then select File Explorer from the search results.
    • Select the File Explorer icon on the bottom of the screen.
    • Press Windows Key + E simultaneously.
  2. Once File Explorer has opened, right-click on This PC and then select Map Network Drive or select This PC then click Computer on the menu tab and then click Map network drive.
  3. In the window that opens, select a drive letter from the Drive list.
  4. In the Folder box, type the path of the network drive \\\users\UniID (e.g \\\users\U1234567).
  5. Tick the Reconnect at sign-in box
  6. Before selecting finish make sure Connect using different credentials is checked.
  7. ​When the password box appears type in the following credentials:
  • For Username: UDS\UniID (eg UDS\u1234567)
  • For Password:  University (Identity) Password
  1. Select OK, Homedrive is now mapped and ready for use.


  • Check user manual for instructions connecting to SMB (RHEL6 example : mount -t cifs -o user=UniID,password="password", // /mountpoint )