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Difference between revisions of "Network Storage for Specialized Software Applications"

(Removed reference to the server named Snowleopard. There is now a WORKSPACE directory in all course folders, set up with permissions same as the existing DROPBOX directories.)
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As we [http://go.middlebury.edu/cloud?homedirs move to eliminate Middfiles "home" directories], we expect that for most use cases, [[Google Drive]] and [[OneDrive]] will work well. However, we recognize that for students using complex software applications in the labs to work with projects and datasets that are either very large or require working with a number of files at once, downloading and uploading these files to the Web every time may be impractical. For these specialized cases, we have created a new file share called Snowleopard.
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As we [http://go.middlebury.edu/cloud?homedirs move to eliminate Middfiles "home" directories], we expect that for most use cases, [[Google Drive]] and [[OneDrive]] will work well. However, we recognize that for students using complex software applications in the labs to work with projects and datasets that are either very large or require working with a number of files at once, downloading and uploading these files to the Web every time may be impractical. For these specialized cases there is a folder named WORKSPACE in the root of each [[Using_Course_Folders_on_the_Classes_Server| course folder]] under the [[Middfiles]] hierarchy. This Workdspace folder works just as the [[Using_Course_Folders_on_the_Classes_Server#Dropbox|Dropbox folders]] do.
 
 
==How does this work?==
 
A separate folder on Snowleopard, not on [[Middfiles]], gives students a network location for their specialized application files. '''''Please note that this space will only be available until the end of each semester, after which the work area will be deleted.''''' Students who want to retain their work at the end of the semester should be sure to move it into a cloud-based location (Google Drive or OneDrive) promptly at the end of the semester.
 
* To connect from a Windows computer, [http://go.middlebury.edu/middfiles?win follow these instructions] and use the address <code>\\snowleopard.middlebury.edu\work-dirs</code> (also included in the examples on that page.) Then navigate to your individual folder.
 
* To connect from a Mac computer, [http://go.middlebury.edu/middfiles?mac follow these instructions] and use the address <code>cifs://snowleopard.middlebury.edu/work-dirs</code> (also included in the examples on that page.) Then navigate to your individual folder.
 
  
 
==What is this specialized storage NOT appropriate for?==
 
==What is this specialized storage NOT appropriate for?==
 
* '''Notes, essays, PDFs, reference images, audio tracks, presentations, and other routine documents and files'''. These should be kept in a student's OneDrive or Google Drive, where they can be easily accessed from anywhere, and edited online in the case of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
 
* '''Notes, essays, PDFs, reference images, audio tracks, presentations, and other routine documents and files'''. These should be kept in a student's OneDrive or Google Drive, where they can be easily accessed from anywhere, and edited online in the case of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
 
* '''Long-term projects.''' If a student and faculty member are working together on a project that requires specialized software and network storage, but may take more than one semester, they should submit a request to the Helpdesk for a folder on Special Projects.
 
* '''Long-term projects.''' If a student and faculty member are working together on a project that requires specialized software and network storage, but may take more than one semester, they should submit a request to the Helpdesk for a folder on Special Projects.
 
==How do I request access to this new space?==
 
Faculty who are teaching a course where you expect your students to be doing this kind of work should [http://go.middlebury.edu/coursespacerequest fill out this form]. Individual students to whom this is applicable should bring this to the appropriate faculty member's attention.
 
  
 
[[Category:Helpdesk Documentation]]
 
[[Category:Helpdesk Documentation]]
 
[[Category:Public Search]]
 
[[Category:Public Search]]

Revision as of 12:58, 5 July 2017

As we move to eliminate Middfiles "home" directories, we expect that for most use cases, Google Drive and OneDrive will work well. However, we recognize that for students using complex software applications in the labs to work with projects and datasets that are either very large or require working with a number of files at once, downloading and uploading these files to the Web every time may be impractical. For these specialized cases there is a folder named WORKSPACE in the root of each course folder under the Middfiles hierarchy. This Workdspace folder works just as the Dropbox folders do.

What is this specialized storage NOT appropriate for?

  • Notes, essays, PDFs, reference images, audio tracks, presentations, and other routine documents and files. These should be kept in a student's OneDrive or Google Drive, where they can be easily accessed from anywhere, and edited online in the case of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Long-term projects. If a student and faculty member are working together on a project that requires specialized software and network storage, but may take more than one semester, they should submit a request to the Helpdesk for a folder on Special Projects.
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