IAC offers network-accessible file storage for both individual and shared use. This document provides an overview of file storage and access; links to other documents provide more specific information.
Users are encouraged to store all important files on the network storage; this provides several benefits:
- Files on network storage are protected from hard drive failure or other data loss. (Network storage is replicated onto disk arrays in two separate locations on campus to protect against fire, flood, or similar catastrophe. Tape backup provides an additional measure of protection.
- Network storage simplifies remote access, providing easier methods for accessing files from off campus
- Institute policy suggests that any potentially sensitive data should be stored on network storage rather than on individual machines
Our goal is to provide flexible and understandable file access that supports different usage scenarios, including Windows and MacOS computers, desktops and laptops, on-campus and off-campus access, and private individual storage as well as shared storage.
There are several possible methods for accessing network storage:
Accessing file storage from your Georgia Tech office computer
- Each IAC faculty and staff Windows computer automatically includes desktop shortcuts to individual and shared file space
- Windows users who prefer working with mapped (lettered) drives may choose to map drives to their Windows computers
- Windows users may also choose to have their 'My Document' folder link directly to their network storage
- Mac users can also easily connect to network storage
Accessing file storage from other computers on campus (Library, classroom computers, etc)
The shortcuts mentioned above 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 (How-to documents for Windows and Mac OS X Leopard and above)
Accessing file storage from off-campus
- Network storage can be accessed from off-campus (home computers, hotels, etc) by visiting the site shares.iac.gatech.edu
Secure file transfer (SFTP) is still available while we transition to the above method (How-to documents for Windows and Mac)
- Alternately, the Georgia Tech VPN service offers another mechanism for off-campus file access for Georgia Tech faculty and staff.
When you have only intermittent access to the Internet
Laptop users, particularly those who travel often, may need full-time access to all files, regardless of whether internet access is available. In such cases we recommend file synchronization solutions, which synchronize local storage with network storage when the computer is connected to the campus network (How-to documents for Windows and Mac)