Contributed by Lynda LaRoche, Assistant Director of Instructional & Learning Services
On January 11, 2011, we will be converting our primary network operating system from Novell Netware eDirectory to Microsoft Active Directory.
This change will enable easier access to network drives (P, I, and U) from off-campus, increase security, and offer better compatibility with both Macintosh and Windows computers.
On the 11th, there will be a message sent explaining how you can connect to the network drives from both on-campus and off-campus.
To prepare for the conversion:
In preparation for this conversion, will you please take about 5 minutes to complete a quick Information Services network survey at http://tinyurl.com/25t6nse.
What to expect after the conversion:
We will provide detailed instructions in a later message, but the following describes briefly the two key changes that will impact the way everyone accesses their network drives.
On-campus access to network drives (P, I, and U):
Starting the morning of January 11th, you will no longer use the Novell Network Client to connect your network drives (P, I, and U) but will use a new program that we will provide for you. All file data (and permissions to access the files and folders) will remain as it is now, and after the conversion you will continue to use your network drives as usual. There will be a program compatible for both Macintosh and Windows computers.
Access to network drives (P, I, and U) from off-campus:
We will be implementing a web-based secure VPN (virtual private network) connection to enable easier access to network drives from off-campus. The VPN access will become available on January 11, and Netstorage.depauw.edu and novellftp.depauw.edu will be retired.
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please contact Jim Ketterer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-658-4523).