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Accessing Your M: Drive from Off-Campus

Network drive space (M: drive) is provided to you when you activate your BlueNet Account.  Your personal netshare (M: drive) is accessible from any computer on or off campus and is backed up nightly to prevent loss of data in the event of server failure.  Your personal netshare (M: drive) is not only an easy way to access your files, it is also the best way to keep your files safe.

It is important to note that once a student is connected to their M: drive, all files that need to be modified should be copied from the M: drive to the local computer for editing and then copied back to the M: drive once all modifications have been made (If the network connection is broken while a student is working on a file that was opened directly from the M: drive, changes may be lost).

From a PC off campus:

Windows XP

The steps below are a one time set up to connect to your perseonal netshare from off-campus on a Windows XP computer:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on My Network Places.
  3. Click on Add a network place and the wizard will open.
  4. Click on the Next button.
  5. Click on Choose another network location, then click on the Next button.
  6. In the Internet or network address box, type https://myfiles.ccsu.edu then click on the Next button.
  7. Enter your BlueNet Account username and password.
  8. Type a descriptive name for the network place (for example "smithm" or "Mary Smith's M Drive"). This name will become a shortcut to the netshare in the My Network Places window.
  9. Click on the Next button, then the Finish button.
  10. The netshare window will open and may prompt you to log in again. If it does, enter your BlueNet Account username and password, and the contents of the netshare will be displayed.

The next time you want to connect to the netshare, open My Network Places and double-click on the shortcut you created and log in.

Windows Vista

The steps below are a one time set up to connect to your perseonal netshare from off-campus on a Windows Vista computer:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on Computer.
  3. Click on Map Network Drive.
  4. Click on Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures, then click on the Next button.
  5. Click on Choose a custom network location, then click on the Next button.
  6. In the Internet or network address box, type https://myfiles.ccsu.edu then click on Next.
  7. Enter your BlueNet Account username and password.
  8. Type a descriptive name for the network place (for example "smithm" or "Mary Smith's M Drive"). This name will become a shortcut to the netshare in the Computer window.
  9. Click on the Next button, then the Finish button.
  10. The netshare window will open and may prompt you to log in again. If it does, enter your BlueNet Account username and password, and the contents of the netshare will be displayed.

The next time you want to connect to the netshare, open Computer and double-click on the shortcut you created and log in.

From a Mac with OS X (on or off campus):

  1. Click on the Go menu, then Connect to Server.
  2. In the Server Address box, type https://myfiles.ccsu.edu.
  3. Click on Connect.  You will be prompted to log in.  Enter your BlueNet Account username and password, then click on OK.  Your personal netshare (M: drive) will open and appear on the Desktop. 

Modifying Netshare Files

Editing an existing file once connected to your personal netshare (M: drive):

  1. Click and drag the file from your netshare folder to the Desktop to create a copy on the Desktop.
  2. Open the file from the Desktop, make your edits, then save and close the file.
  3. Click and drag the file from the Desktop back to your netshare folder.  If you are prompted to replace the existing file, click on Yes.

Creating a new file and adding it your personal netshare (M: drive):

  1. Create a new file in any application.
  2. Save the new file to the Desktop and close the file.
  3. Click and drag the file from the Desktop to your netshare folder.  

To delete a document from your M: Drive:

Click on it once with your mouse to highlight it, and hit the Delete key on your keyboard or right-click on the document and choose Delete

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