Accessing the CSS "S" Drive

The Center for Spatial Studies maintains a network drive for use by students and faculty in class or doing project work. All users with a valid account have read access to a variety of resources on the drive including GIS data, maps, graphics, software, etc. Folders are also provided for GIS-related classes, Spatial Studies Minor portfolios, Environmental Studies capstones, and faculty projects to those that require access. Please feel free to contact us for access requests.

Please note that you must be connected to the University of Redlands network via a wired ethernet connection to access these resources. Because university lab computers are refreshed nightly, you will most likely have to perform these steps every time you want to access the CSS drive.

Using the CSS Drive Mapping Tool on a University Computer (labs, offices, etc.)

If you are connected to the University of Redlands network via a wired ethernet connection and logged in with your network account, you can use our CSS Drive Mapping Tool.

  1. Copy the following link into your browser to download the tool: 
  2. Run the downloaded mapcss tool. The drive will be added as S:\ to your list of network locations on your computer. Your login credentials will be used to determine your file access permissions.

Manually Mapping the CSS Drive

Follow these steps to map the CSS Drive in the event that the CSS Drive Mapping Tool doesn’t work for any reason OR you need to map the drive on a personal computer connected to the university network.

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button and then clicking Computer. To get to Computer in Windows 8, click the File Explorer button in the task bar at the bottom of the screen (tile with folder icon).
  2. Click Map network drive in the menu bar.Map Network Drive Button
  3. Select S: from the Drive dropdown
  4. Enter \\\spatialstudies into the folder box.
  5. Confirm that Reconnect at logon is checked.
  6. If you are using a personal computer not maintained by the University of Redlands OR logged onto the computer with a user account other than your own, check Connect using different credentials 
  7. Click FinishMapped Drive Settings
  8. If you checked Connect using different credentials, enter you network account information when prompted and check Remember my credentials.

After completing these steps, you will be able to access all of the resources that your account has been granted access to. If you are using a university lab computer, keep in mind that they refresh nightly and you will most likely have to repeat these steps each time you use the computer.