Albion College provides network drive space to all faculty, staff, and students. Network drive space falls into two categories: Enterprise class storage and Commodity class storage.
Enterprise class storage:
Files saved on the following network drives are backed up nightly. This storage is for college business and academic work only, not personal files.
- G: Drive - This space is for files that need to be shared within a department. Only people within a department have access to that department's G: drive.
- H: Drive - This is storage space for individual users to store work and academic files. Each user has their own H: drive, and other users do not have access to this storage.
- I: Drive - This is storage space where installable applications are stored for work and academic purposes. Users typically can not save any files to the I: drive.
- W: Drive - Inside the W: drive are two folders, Depts and Workgrp.
- The Depts folder is space similar to the G: drive, except that these files are available to be read by the entire campus. This allows departments to share forms and other information with everyone
- The Workgrp folder is also similar to the G: drive, except these groups may contain users from various departments working on specific projects. Files in the Workgrp folder are only available to users who are made members of the specific workgroups.
Commodity class storage:
Files saved on the following network drives are not backed up. This storage is intended for quickly sharing files with others, or making a secondary copy of static data that could be easily replaced.
- P: Drive - This is public storage for temporary sharing and swapping. All users can view, write and delete files stored here. Never save any sensitive information to this space.
- S: Drive - This is for temporary storage of files that can be easily replaced, or very large files that need to be shared, but not backed up. This space is assigned to users on an as-needed basis.
Student Computer System Requirements
If you are purchasing a new computer we recommend a wireless laptop for mobility, but the choice is one of personal preference. Albion College is an operating system neutral campus.
We offer the following:
- The college provides Microsoft Office software (Mac and PC) free of charge.
- Integrated or USB wireless networking is available in the following residence halls: Wesley, Whitehouse, Seaton and Mitchell
We recommend the following:
- Integrated or USB wireless networking is available.
- Wireless is available in the following residence halls: Wesley, Whitehouse, Seaton and Mitchell.
- Integrated Wireless networking (802.11b/g or b/g/n) - standard on most new computers
- 4 Gigagbytes of RAM (memory)
- Case for safe transportation
- Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2.
- MAC - OS X 10.6 or higher
- Important: If your computer came with operating system installation disks, please bring them with you to aid in troubleshooting and resolving computer problems. Some manufacturers include a copy of your system disks on your hard drive. Check your documentation or contact the manufacturer.
Removable storage (optional):
USB 2.0 Jump/Flash Drive or USB powered portable hard drive
While students can use their print credits to print to college provided printers, many prefer the convenience of personal printer. Printer type is a matter of personal preference.
Installing Key Server
For on-campus use of academic software (faculty/staff only).
KeyServer Client is an application which monitors software licenses in use. It is loaded by default on all computers purchased by the college. If it is missing from your computer, follow the steps below.
1. Make sure you are logged in to the network.
2. Click here to start Installation. If prompted to Open or Save, choose Open. If you save the file to your computer, you will have to double-click it to start installation
Note: if you get an error message to exit keyed applications, you already have KeyServer installed. Cancel the install and skip to Step 4.
3. When the Network Settings screen pops up, ensure that you configure your settings as shown below.
* Use TCP/IP (Winsock)
* Use Windows Logon Name
* In the empty box marked "Enter the Keyserver's name or address", enter: keyserver.albion.edu
* Check the box that reads "Store setting in the registry"
4. Click the Continue button to complete installation.
5. After install is completed, you must remove the KeyAccess file from your Windows Startup menu to prevent KeyAccess from running all the time. To do this, follow these steps:
* Click on your Start button
* Go to Programs and find the Startup Folder
* In the Startup Folder, RIGHT-CLICK on the KeyAccess icon and delete it. This will not effect how KeyAccess works, but will improve performance.
Using Your G: Drive
Using Your G: Drive
The G: drive looks like an extra hard drive, but it is actually a specific amount of group file storage space on our network servers. This space is designated to accomodate your department or division file sharing needs. Because it is on an Albion College server, the files you place on your G: drive are backed up regularly and automatically scanned for viruses.
The G: drive is the perfect place to store college-related work that you need to share with others in your department or division.
What to Store on G:
Documents and other files you share with others in your department or division
Files that need to be reviewed by others but will later be relocated to the H: drive.
What Not to Store on G:
Files that are not shared
Audio & video files for personal use, such as MP3s, AVIs, and MPEGs.
Personal digital images (photos)
Files you don't use anymore, (put them on CD)
Extremely large files (your storage space is limited)
Program Files (place on C: drive)
- I understand my storage space on G: is limited, how do I preserve important data such as old assignments and personal files?
- Most of the newer staff computers and the public computing labs on campus are equipped with CD-R/RW drives. Portable CD burners are also available for staff sign-out from Instructional Technology. You can copy your files to your C: drive and then archive them to CD. Remove them from your G: drive after verifying the CD's contents.
- I'm out of space on my G: drive! What do I do?
- Each department receives 500 megabytes of space. Remember, the G: drive is for shared, college-related use, not personal files. Review your G: drive for outdated and unused files and remove them. You should also move personal files to CD or your personal computer's hard drive (C: drive). If you still do not have sufficient drive space, contact the Help Desk.