How to connect to the College of Design File Server (AAAFileserver)


  • The College of Design file server hosts shares for academic course folders and a temporary storage space for students called the PC-Mac Exchange.   A valid DuckID is required to access the server. If you are off campus, a UO VPN connection is also required.   


To connect, please follow the following steps based on your operating system:

For OS X (Apple Computers):

  • In the Finder, click Go, then click Connect to Server
  • In the Connect to Server box, type 'smb://' (without the single quotes).
  • Enter your Duck ID user name and password (e.g. if your e-mail address is '', your Duck ID user name is 'johndoe').
  • Click Connect.
  • In the next window, select the folder you wish to connect to.
  • Click OK.
  • The folder should open in a new window in your foreground.
  • If you are working on a public computer, make sure to restart the computer when you are done, so that the next person who sits at the computer cannot make changes to your folder.

From Windows:

  • Windows 7:   Go to Start and type \\ into the "Search" box then hit Enter.
  • Windows 10:
    • From Search Box on your taskbar, type in \\ and hit Enter. 
    • From within File Explorer, type \\ in the Address Bar, hit Enter.  
  • When you are prompted for a username and password to connect, put in your Duck ID user name and password (e.g. if your e-mail address is '', your Duck ID user name is 'johndoe'.)
  • *NOTE* If you are prompted to re-enter your password, and it says "AAAFILESERVER\" or the name of your computer in front of your username, please place the letters A and D and a backslash in front of your duckid. (ex. AD\johndoe)*
  • A new File Explorer window will appear, please double click the folder you wish to open.


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Mon 9/18/17 10:27 AM
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