How to Map a Shared Drive With Openvpn

Written by jim campbell
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OpenVPN is a solution you install on your Windows server that creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a protected network connection that allows external Internet users connect to the internal network. After the user makes the connection, the user can map a network drive. The VPN software gives the user access to the network, but you use the Windows drive mapping command to connect to the shared resource.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows 7 "Start" Orb after you connect to your VPN network. Select "Computer" to view a list of drives.

  2. 2

    Click the "Map a network drive" button at the top of the window. This opens a drive mapping wizard to help you create the shortcut.

  3. 3

    Select a drive letter from the drop-down box. Click "Browse" to open a window that helps you search for the shared resource. Double-click the computer name that contains the shared resource, then click the folder listed. This sets the "Location" text box.

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    Click "Finish" to map your drive. The wizard closes, and you are returned to the window with a list of drives. Notice your mapped drive is now shown.

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