Connecting to Thayer Shares

This page contains instructions and downloads to make it easy for you to connect to Thayer Shares (ThayerFS and Jumbo). Follow the instructions for your operating system below.

If you are on campus, you must be connected to the network via an ethernet cable (wired network) or via the eduroam wireless network. If you are on the Dartmouth Public wireless network or off campus, you will need to use the Dartmouth VPN.


Note that if your computer is owned by Thayer School and has been configured to log on to the KIEWIT domain, the Thayer home, courses, common and jumbo shares will be mounted automatically at logon. You will not need to do anything further.

If you are using a personally-owned computer, we have provided a utility for download that will map the Thayer shares automatically. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below for manually connecting to Thayer shares.

Connecting Automatically via the Utility

  1. Download the Thayer Shares mapping utility here: mapthayershares.hta
  2. Double-click the utility to run.
  3. You will be shown information about which shares will be mapped.
  4. Enter your Dartmouth NetID and password. Click Submit to map to Thayer shares. 

The utility will attempt to map the following shares:

  • O: \\\home - Your Home Directory
  • P: \\\courses - Course Folders
  • Q: \\\common - Departmental and Other Groups
  • S: \\\jumbo - Research Groups and other bulk storage

Note that if you have existing drives mapped to any of the above letters, the utility will substitute a different unused letter.

You only need to run this utility once. After a reboot, you should still see icons for the Thayer shares in This PC. When you click to reconnect, you will be prompted to re-enter your Dartmouth NetID and password.

Connecting Manually

  1. Open up File Explorer, navigate to This PC and select Computer>Map network drive from the toolbar on top.
  2. In the Map Network Drive window, select the letter O: for Drive:
  3. In the Folder: field, type
  4. If you want the connection to remain after a reboot, check the box to Reconnect at logon.
  5. Check the box Connect using different credentials and click the Finish button.
  6. For username, enter

    Substitute your own Dartmouth NetID for your_NetID.

  7. Password is your Dartmouth password.
  8. If you want Windows to remember your username and password for connecting in the future check Remember my credentials
  9. Click OK.

Repeat the above for the remaining Thayer shares:

  • P: \\\courses - Course Folders
  • Q: \\\common - Departmental and Other Groups
  • S: \\\jumbo - Research Groups and other bulk data


Automated Connection

For a completely automated install that will connect you to all the ThayerFS and Jumbo shares, download the following file: Thayer-Shares.dmg

If you are using macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or older, please download this version of the file: Thayer-Shares-10.13.dmg

  1. After downloading, double-click to open the disk image, and double-click the Thayer Shares application inside it
  2. Enter your Dartmouth NetID when prompted
  3. If you are prompted to allow access to control "Finder," click OK
  4. A folder will be created on your Desktop called Thayer Shares containing shortcuts to each share
  5. Once the script has completed, you can eject the disk image and delete the dmg file

The first time you double-click one of these shortcuts, you will be prompted for your password. If you do not want to be prompted each time you open a share, simply check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox after typing your password.

Manual Connection

If you want to see how this is done manually, follow this procedure...

  1. Open the TextEdit application (typically in the Applications folder)
    Copy and paste or type the following in the blank window, replacing 'your_NetID' with your actual Dartmouth NetID:

    Highlight this text, and then drag the text to your Desktop.  Be sure to highlight just the text and not the entire line or your connection will not work.

  2. Rename the file - in this case to Common - and move the file to a convenient location, like a folder named Thayer Shares on your Desktop

  3. Repeat this for the other shares - courses and home
  4. The line in TextEdit for Jumbo is:

Once all the shortcuts are created, the procedure is the same as above. The first time you double-click one of these shortcuts, you will be prompted for your password. If you do not want to be prompted each time you open a share, simply check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox after typing your password.

If you have any trouble or need assistance with this manual procedure, contact and we'll be happy to help.


There are of course many different Linux distributions and setups, so it is nearly impossible to give specific instructions for connecting a Linux client to Thayer Shares. However, below are some guidelines and things to look for to get connected. 

You can also access ThayerFS or Jumbo via  SSHFS.


First, make sure your system has cifs. The easiest way to check is with the modprobe command. Then check that the module is loaded, using the lsmod command. As root, type:

modprobe cifs

You will then need the mounting tools. For cifs, this command is mount.cifs (usually located in /sbin). For many distributions, you may need to load an additional package for this to work.

Once cifs is set up on your system, use the mount command, specifying cifs with the -t switch. For example, to mount the 'courses' share onto a directory called /mnt/courses, you would type the following (as root):

mount -t cifs -o username=NetID,uid=localuser // /mnt/courses

You should substitute "localuser" with an actual local user account on your system that will access this share - otherwise, only root will be able to access the share. You will then be prompted for your password, and the share will be mounted.

Graphical file manager: Nautilus

These Instructions only apply to Nautilus in Ubuntu 18.04 and above!!

As seen below Nautilus can be accessed on the left sidebar via the file cabinet icon. Once you click on the file cabinet icon you will need to select "Other Locations". When inside Other Locations you will see a bar that says "connect to server". It is there you will need to enter your Jumbo or ThayerFS address. 

You will need to type in either of the addresses below: the first is for ThayerFS and the latter is for Jumbo. At the end of the address you can append a /path/to/folder if you wish to go directly to your data. You can also simply select your Jumbo or ThayerFS folder from the list once you click connect.


Once Connected you will need to sign in:

Your Username will be your NetID, the domain will always be kiewit, and your password is your Dartmouth password. 

Lastly if you plan to reconnect at a later time, you can open a new Nautilus window and go to Other Locations. Once there, click the down arrow on the address box and it will show you your previous connections as seen below:

To have a share mounted at boot is more complicated, involving changes to your /etc/fstab file and the use of a "credentials" file to store your username and password. We do not recommend this method, but if you would like to, please contact us for assistance.