Platform: Windows

Reactivating Windows Manually

Microsoft's new licensing scheme for enterprise customers requires that the operating system connect to a campus activation server every 180 days to refresh the license. In some cases where computers do not often connect to the Georgia Tech network (e.g., home or travel computers), you may receive a message that Windows needs to be activated. The steps below will allow your computer to connect to the campus license server to refresh its licensing status.

Setting Location for Personal Stata Files on IAC Stats Server

The default location for personal Stata files is in a location under the C: drive.  This usually doesn't present a problem on personal workstations, but unlike a workstation, the stats server does not allow all users unrestricted read-write access to all locations on the C: drive.  So, for those who need to add personal Stata files, we recommend redefining the PERSONAL location within Stata.

Setting Your Personal Directory For a Single Session

You can see the various locations Stata uses with the sysdir command:

Connecting to IAC Windows Computers from Off-Campus via the VPN (Windows client)

This method allows connection from off-campus to an on-campus office computer running Windows.  The method uses technologies called Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which together allow you to connect securely to your computer through the Internet and give you mouse and keyboard control over your computer while showing you everything that's happening on the screen. This method is particularly useful if you need access to your exact work environment and applications from your home computer or other off-campus computer (coffee shop, hotel, etc).

Manually connecting to network storage

On each IAC faculty/staff Windows computer, automatically-created shortcuts provide easy access to various network locations. However, these shortcuts are only available on computers maintained by IAC and do not automatically appear on other campus computers, such as those located in the Library or classrooms. In the absence of these shortcuts, users can manually connect to network storage by following the steps below:

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Mapping drives to network storage

Some people may prefer to work with network storage through mapped drives rather than desktop shortcuts. A mapped drive appears under 'My Computer' with a lettered drive name. These instructions explain how to map a drive to network storage.

In this example, a user named 'iac-testuser' will map her IAC network storage to the drive letter T. (In general it is best to choose later alphabet letters to avoid conflict with earlier letters often reserved for removable media such as thumb drives.)