How to Map MESA to Windows

George Mason University VPN allows you to connect to Mason networks as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible. To connect to the MESA drive from your Windows computer, you will need to use the Cisco AnyConnect client.

Mapping MESA drives on Windows 7

Step 1

Clicking Start, then open Computer.

MESA Map Win7

Step 2

Tap the Alt key on the keyboard.

Step 3

Click on the Tools Menu that appears.
Win7 tools menu

Step 4

Click Map network drive.

Win7 Tools

Step 5

Choose drive letter M:
drive m

Step 6

For the folder, put \\mesa2.mesa.gmu.edu\NetID (where NetID is your NetID).

mesa mapping

Step 7

Make sure both Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials are checked.

mapping options

Step 8

Click Finish.

Step 9

Enter the following information then click OK:

Username: NetID@mesa.gmu.edu (Where NetID is your NetID)

Password: Your Patriot Pass Password

mesa mapping log in

Step 10

You are now connected to the MESA drive.

Mapping MESA drives to Windows 8/10

Step 1

Connect to the Cisco VPN.

Step 2

Launch the File Explorer:

  • Windows 8: Navigate to the Desktop. Click File Explorer.
  • Windows 10: Click Start. Click File ExplorerThis PC.

Step 3

Click on the Computer tab.

Step 4

Click Map network drive.

map network drive

Step 5

Choose drive letter M:

m drive

Step 6

For the folder, put \\mesa2.mesa.gmu.edu\NetID (Where NetID is your NetID).

Step 7

Make sure both Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials are checked.

MESA mapping options

Step 8

Click Finish.

Step 9

Enter the following information and then click OK:

Username: NetID@mesa.gmu.edu (Where NetID is your NetID)

Password: Your Patriot Pass Password

mesa log in

Step 10

You are now connected to the MESA drive.

Disconnect from the MESA Drive

Step 1

Open Computer on Windows 7 or File Explorer on Windows 8/10.

Step 2

Right click on your M: drive.

m drive

Step 3

Click Disconnect

mesa disconnect