New Home Drive Storage Service Launched
UBC Information Technology is now offering all eligible staff and faculty members a Private Cloud Storage Service (Personal Home Drive) at no cost. Users will be able to securely store their work documents on a central service.
Each user will receive 20GB of storage space to store all their documents. Using their Enterprise Active Directory (EAD) account, the home drive will allow users to access their files on any computer that is connected to the UBC network. Not familiar with the term, EAD? EAD is a centralized authentication and authorization service used with some university-wide services, such as FASMail. Staff and faculty members with a Campus Wide Login (CWL) will be able to request permission to be a part of EAD if they are not already set-up in the system. For instance, new hires, FASMail, or Unified Messaging users would already have an EAD account. Essentially, users will be able to log into their home drive on any UBC networked computer on campus or off campus through Virtual Private Network (VPN) once their home drive is mapped.
Visit the setup documents to get started:
To ensure account security and convenience of access for users, your EAD account and password will be the only two pieces of information users will need to enter into the system to access their home drive. Each personal home drive will only be accessible to the unique user and no one else at UBC. Furthermore, data will be backed up daily on the network and stored remotely for a period of 28 days at UBC Okanagan.
This is currently the first phase of the service. In the near future, additional options such as file management software and increased storage space for a price will be available to users. For more information about this service, please visit the Home Drive Storage section.