Advanced Connecting with Pangea

Updated: May 23rd, 2016

Connecting without the Connection App

For some reasons, we occasionally cannot use the easy Connection Apps to establish a connection.  In these cases, it is often easy enough to connect without the App, for testing, or as a long term solution.  Please note that as with any connection to Pangea, you must be on campus physically, or tunneling in through the CSU VPN if you are off campus (http://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/cnsit/junos-pulse-is-now-pulse-secure).

Windows

Using File Explorer, simply enter the following in the URL:

\\pangea-vm.natsci.colostate.edu

This will create an initial connection that will prompt you to log in (if you are logging into your computer using your CSU eID credentials, you will not be asked to authenticate – File Explorer will use your Windows credentials in this case).  Enter your CSU eName information using the following format:

Username: COLOSTATE\eName
Password: <Your CSU eName Password>

NOTE: As you are not using the Connection App with these directions.  The only safe way to officially clear your Pangea login credentials from the machine is to fully log out of the current user.  A computer restart will also work.

Macintosh

In Finder, click on the “Go” menu and select “Connect to Server…”.  In the new window, enter the following in the “Server Address” field:

smb://pangea-vm.natsci.colostate.edu

This will create an initial connection that will prompt you to log in.  Enter your CSU eName information using the following format:

Username: COLOSTATE\eName
Password: <Your CSU eName Password>

You will now be presented with the list of Pangea shares.  Select the one you would like to mount locally and it will appear on your Desktop or as a drive within a Finder window (see the following if the drive does not show up on your desktop: http://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/cnsit/mac-how-to-get-pangea-to-show-up-on-my-desktop).

Pro Tip: You may also specify a folder path deeper than just the “Pangea-Groups” or “Pangea-Web” level.  For example, if you want to map the “bmbinformation” folder that may be found in the “Pangea-Groups” directory to a drive letter, simply change the “Server Address” text box content to contain the deeper folder path.
For example:  smb://pangea-vm.natsci.colostate.edu/Pangea-Groups/bmbinformation

Linux

There are a LOT of ways to connect a linux machine to Pangea.  Most users in this situation will not be reading this how to, and have already connected by now.  However, for assistance from CNSIT, please get in touch and provide us with the name of the Linux distribution you are using.  We can then help you establish a connection for your specific environment.

Mapping Pangea as a Local Drive to your Windows Computer

These directions will help you map Pangea as a local drive (G: for example) on your computer.  Please only follow these directions if you are the sole user of the machine you wish to map on, as these connection can potentially be mapped persistently, and will survive a log out or restart of the computer.

After you have connected and authenticated to Pangea and are looking at the root level share window, right click on the share you wish to map and select “Map Network Drive”.

 

share_list_pangea

 

You will now see the following window:

 

pangea-vm_map_network_share

Fill this out as shown.  The “Drive” letter is arbitrary.  I chose “G” for Pangea-Groups in this example.  You will not be able to edit the “Folder” as this is set to the share you right clicked on in the step above.

Pro Tip: You may also specify a folder path deeper than just the “Pangea-Groups” or “Pangea-Web” level.  For example, if you want to map the “bmbinformation” folder that may be found in the “Pangea-Groups” directory to a drive letter, simply change the Folder text box content to contain the deeper folder path.
For example:  \\pangea-vm.natsci.colostate.edu\Pangea-Groups\bmbinformation

The “Reconnect at logon” checkbox will attempt to re-map the drive through logouts, and computer restarts.  Please note, that if your machine is not bound to a CSU domain and you do not use your CSU eID to log in to the computer, you may need to re-authenticate after a restart or logout.  Please do not use the “Reconnect at logon” option, if the account you are using is shared among other users.