Classic RDS

Classic RDS is a Windows-style data storage service accessible as a network drive on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

The address of Classic RDS on Windows is:


and on MacOS or Linux, the address is:



If your Classic RDS project was created before May 2017, you will need to replace RDS-01 with your faculty code in all examples on this page. To find your faculty code, refer to the list of legacy faculty codes at the end of this page, ask your Chief Investigator, or refer to your DashR project.

After connecting to your Classic RDS drive, you can transfer files to and from Classic RDS and your local computer using drag-and-drop methods. This page shows you how to connect to Classic RDS on Windows and MacOS.


Whenever you see <UniKey>, replace everything inside the angle brackets AND the angle brackets with your UniKey. For example, if your UniKey is abcd1234, replace <UniKey> with abcd1234.

Access Classic RDS from Windows

To access Classic RDS on Windows, follow these instructions:

Windows 7

  1. From the start menu click Computer.
  2. When the Computer Window displays, click the Map network drive button.
  3. Select a letter from the dropdown list in the Drive field.
  4. Enter your Classic RDS path: \\\RDS-01.
  5. Tick the Reconnect at logon box.
  6. Tick the Connect using different credentials box.
  7. Enter SHARED\<UniKey> and your password.
  8. Click OK.

Windows 8/10

  1. Click on This PC from the Desktop.
  2. On the Computer tab, click on Map network drive in the Network section.
  3. Choose a drive letter and enter your Classic RDS path: \\\RDS-01.
  4. Tick Reconnect at logon.
  5. Tick the Connect using different credentials box.
  6. Enter SHARED\<UniKey> and your password.
  7. Click Finish.

Access Classic RDS from MacOS

To access Classic RDS on MacOS, follow either the Finder instructions or the Terminal instructions.

Connect to Classic RDS using the Finder app

  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Click on the Go menu.
  3. Select Connect to Server.
  4. Type your Classic RDS address: smb://
  5. Click on the + button (only perform this step if you want the network drive to display on your desktop when you log in).
  6. Click Connect.
  7. Select Connect as Registered User.
  8. Type SHARED\<UniKey> in the Name field.
  9. Type your UniKey password in the Password field.
  10. Click Connect.
  11. A finder window will open displaying your RDS drive.

Conect to Classic RDS using the Terminal app

  1. Press Command + Spacebar simultaneously.
  2. Type Terminal and press return.
  3. In the terminal window that opens, create a new directory for the RDS folder in your home directory. For example: mkdir ~/RDS.
  4. Mount the RDS share: mount -t smbfs //'SHARED;<UniKey>' ~/RDS.
  5. Type your UniKey password and press return.
  6. You can then access your RDS share in ~/RDS. It will also be visible in Finder under the Shared section.

Troubleshooting connection issues

  • Classic RDS is only accessible on the University network. If you are off-campus, connect to the University VPN before connecting to Classic RDS.
  • Only one set of UniKey credentials can connect to Classic RDS from one computer at one time. If you have connected to Classic RDS using a different set of UniKey credentials (for example, if you are using a shared computer and someone else is still connected to Classic RDS), disconnect their Classic RDS drive before connecting your RDS drive.

Legacy Faculty Codes

Faculty Code Faculty Name
FADP Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
FASS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
FEI Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
FOB Faculty of Business
FOD Faculty of Dentistry
FOP Faculty of Pharmacy
FSC Faculty of Science
SCM Sydney Conservatorium of Music
SLS Sydney Law School
SMS Sydney Medical School
SNS Sydney Nursing School