Thayer Shares Connecting

This page contains instructions and downloads to make it easy for you to connect to Thayer Shares (ThayerFS). 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 Dartmouth VPN, SSH, or SFTP.


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. Right-click and select Save As... or Save Link As... to download --> 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 This PC and select Computer>Map network drive from the toolbar.
  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

  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. A folder will be created on your Desktop called Thayer Shares containing shortcuts to each share
  4. 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. Specifically, clients needing to access ThayerFS or Jumbo from the Discovery cluster can use SSHFS.


First, make sure your system has cifs. Most recent 2.6 kernels use 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=kiewit/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

On many graphical systems, you can use a filesystem browser like Nautilus to avoid having to mount Thayer Shares directly. Nautilus has a "Connect to server..." option you can use to connect to a ThayerFS or Jumbo share - you should select "Windows share" and then type in the share name and authentication information to get connected.

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.

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