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Accessing the Electron Microscopy Center File-Sharing System for NDSU Researchers


First, determine if your Windows 7 computer is joined to NDSU's Active Directory domainclick on the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen to open the Start menu.

Right click on Computer and select Properties.  Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, view the Domain field.  If is listed, your computer is joined to the NDSU Active Directory domain.

  • Click Start button
  • Click Computer in right column
  • Under Computer in left column, click DeptShared (S:)
  • Double-click folder SLA
  • Double-click Microscopy
  • Double-click the folder to which you have been directed by the Electron Microscopy Center staff:  Transfer1, Transfer2, Transfer3, or Transfer4
  • Open the folder named using your electronic ID, the same one you use to access your university e-mail (usually firstname.lastname)
  • Save your images to secure storage on your computer or elsewhere.  They may be deleted from the file-sharing system at any time and cannot be stored there.

 If your computer is joined to the domain but your shared drives (e.g., U:, S:, X:) do not auto­mat­i­cally appear upon logon, you may need to refresh Group Policy:

  • Save your work and shut down all open applications
  • Open a command prompt:  click on the Start menu, type cmd in the Search field, and then hit Enter
  • In the command prompt, type gpupdate /force and hit Enter
  • When prompted with OK to logoff, type y and hit Enter.  Log back in to your computer and then check to see if your drives appear.  If they do not, contact the NDSU IT Help Desk for assistance:  email:, call: 701-231-8685

If some other domain is listed, or if "Workgroup" is listed, your computer is not joined to NDSU's Active Directory domain; you will need to manually connect to your drives.

To map the “(S:)” drive for your Windows 7, Mac OS X, or Linux computer or mobile device:

Windows 7 computers joined to the Active Directory domain and supported by ITS Desktop Support have User Account Control (UAC) enabled to help defend against hackers and malicious software.  Any time a program wants to make a major change to your computer, UAC will notify you and will ask you to authorize the change by entering your NDSU electronic ID and password.

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