Mapping Drives with Pulse Secure on Macs

What if you have everything you need except your data or files? 

Or, you want to work on your Mac and access your personal network storage, or shared folders?

Network drives include your own personal H: drive, or shared project or administrative folders, which on Windows computers reside on P: and W:, respectively. You can login to Western ROAMs using Pulse Secure, connect to your network drives, and then work with them locally. You don't need to use Microsoft Remote Desktop to get connected.

Setting up your Local Computer

In order to access computing resources at Western from off-campus, you are required to login to Western ROAMs using Pulse Secure at These instructions assume that you have already applied for and been granted Western ROAMS access, and that you have installed and configured Pulse Secure.

Connect to Pulse Secure

Note: You can skip this step if you are working on campus.

  • Launch Pulse Secure from your Applications Menu.
  • In the Connections windows, click the Connect button beside WesternU.


  • You will be prompted to select a Realm. Choose UWO.


  • Enter your Western Username and password and click Connect. (Tip: Just use your username, NOT uwo\xxx or

Connecting Network Drives

Once ROAMs is running, you can connect to Western network drives directly from your local computer.

The paths for the network drives are as follows: 

  • Faculty/Staff/Grad Personal Network Storage (H:) drive is smb://ssc-venus.uwo.pri/sschome$/username where username is your Western username.
  • Course Library L: drive is smb://
  • Project folders normally on P: are smb://ssc-venus.uwo.pri/sscprojects$
  • Administrative folders normally on W: are smb://ssc-venus.uwo.pri/sscadmin$
  • Check with your IT Support person regarding mapped drives on other servers.

Connect a Drive

  • Choose Finder > Go > Connect to Server. Enter the path from the list above in the following format: smb://ssc-venus.uwo.pri/sschome$/username

Mac Connect to Server

  • A login screen will appear and the login name for your Mac will be prefilled. Change the Name to (where username is your Western username) and enter your Western account password.
  • A window will open showing the contents of the drive that you have just connected.
  • You can connect a second drive by returning to the Connect to Server window and clicking the plus + in the bottom left corner.
  • A new icon representing your connected network drive should appear in the Finder window for your computer and the server will be listed under Locations.


Disconnect Network Drives

Open a Finder window. In the left margin under Locations, click on the eject button beside the ssc-venus server name. That will eject all drives mapped to ssc-venus. If you have drives mapped to another server, you will need to eject those drives too.

Finder Window Eject

Disconnect from Pulse Secure

Note: You can skip this step if you are working on campus and did not connect to Pulse Secure.

In the Pulse Secure window, click the Disconnect button beside WesternU.

Pulse Secure Disconnect Window


Note: You may need to adjust some of your firewall settings in order to map drives to Western servers while using Western ROAMs.

If you need assistance with the items discussed in this web page, please contact SSTS.