The R: drive can be accessed when you're not on the UW network.
Getting onto the Network
When you are not on campus and able to connect to the UW network, you will need to use a VPN to join the network remotely. When tyring to access resources while not on campus, you need to launch Husky OnNet first.
Instruction for Husky OnNet can be found here: https://evans.uw.edu/instructions-husky-onnet
Accessing the R: drive
If you want to use the R: drive momentarily, you can press Win + R, type in \\evansfiles press Enter and you should be able to access it.
If you want to link it so that it'll be automatically connected whenever you use Husky OnNet, you can map it like so:
Go to your Start menu, right click over "Computer" and choose "Map Network drive..."
Choose "R:" as the drive and type in "\\evansfiles\files" for the folder and click "Finish"
You should be able to access the R: drive thereafter.
To create a desktop shortcut to the R: drive, first we need to map the drive. From the Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the "Connect to Server" dialog box.
Enter the Server Address exactly as it is pictured above. To save this connection, click on the + symbol and it will be added to the list as shown in the picture above. Click connect and you will be redirected to a login screen like below.
You must qualify your username by putting "netid\" followed by YOUR netid username in the box, and then input your password as normal below. By selecting "Remember this password..." you will not be prompted to enter a login every time you access the R: drive.
If the connection is successful, you will be redirected to the R: drive as shown in the image above. Please note that you will only be able to access the drive when you are also running Husky OnNET VPN software.