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January 11 begins a new way to login to your network drives (P, I & U) – What you need to do!

January 5th, 2011 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Lynda LaRocheAssistant Director of Instructional & Learning Services

On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, we will be converting our primary network operating system from Novell Netware eDirectory to Microsoft Active Directory.

The transition will make two key changes to 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.

How to access your network drives after January 11:

The following provides important  instructions about what you need to do to prepare for the transition and how to set up your computer to log in to the network (P, I, and U) or use the VPN on/after January 11.


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Coming in January: An easier way to access network drives (P, I, and U) from on and off campus

December 6th, 2010 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Lynda LaRocheAssistant 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 (jamesketterer@depauw.edu or 765-658-4523).