Information Technology

Network File Storage Migration


The following story applies only to New School administrative workstations

Information Technology will be migrating our existing Novell network file storage system to a new environment on Wednesday, November 20. This is the last major phase of a multi-part project to transition our directory and identity management systems from aging Novell products to a Microsoft infrastructure called Active Directory.

What this means for you:
Faculty and staff will receive significantly more storage space on the network (10GB instead of the 10MB currently offered), so instead of saving important New School documents on your computer’s hard drive, you can store them securely on your personal network home drive. Departmental file shares will also be given more storage space, so if you need to share documents with others, you’ll have plenty of space to securely collaborate with your colleagues.

When your files are on a network drive, you will be able to access them from other campus workstations when you log in with your NetID and password.

Another benefit to storing institutional documents on a network file server is that your documents will be backed up on a regular basis. If you store documents on a network home drive or departmental file share, you don’t have to worry about losing important documents due to a hard drive crash, or by misplacing a thumb drive with confidential New School data.

Additionally, future plans include providing off-campus access to your network home drive and any departmental shared drives you have access to. While an exact timeline has not yet been determined, this expect this new capability will be available by the start of the Fall 2014 term.

What you need to know about the transition:
For faculty and staff that currently have files stored on the network on either a home drive or a departmental file share, your files and permission will be moved to the new storage by Information Technology and a simple reboot is all that should be required for you to access your files in the new environment on Monday, November 20.

For those that have never used network file storage, you will be able to access your 10GB of personal storage by following the directions on the Information Technology website.

We hope you will enjoy and take advantage of this significant improvement to our network file storage infrastructure. If you have any questions, please visit our website to learn more about the transition or contact the University Help Desk at