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File Services migration set for March

Published: 09 January 2013

NDSU file services, including individual and departmental shared files in Novell, will be moved to the new Windows File Services system in early March.

Personal user (U:) drive data will be moved the weekend of March 1-3. Department shared (S:) drive and cross-department shared (X:) drive data will be moved the weekend of March 8-10, which is the weekend leading into spring break.

NDSU file services will be unavailable during these migration weekends.

During the past several months, NDSU’s Information Technology Division has completed a pilot project internally and with several select departments on campus to test the migration process for users campuswide. 

Since September, Information Technology Services' Desktop Support team has been circulating through campus buildings to prepare ITS-supported computers for the migration by joining them to the Active Directory domain. Desktop Support will continue this process through February. Departments that use Novell but are not supported by ITS Desktop Support should work with their departmental IT support staff to prepare for this migration.

After they are migrated, file services drives should appear automatically on Windows computers that have been joined to the Active Directory domain. Users with Mac, Linux or Windows computers that have not been joined to the domain will need to manually connect to their drives using the instructions provided at

The migration from Novell to Windows File Services will significantly reduce costs for the university, while enabling users to continue to benefit from reliable file storage, back-up and sharing.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the NDSU IT Help Desk at 231-8685 or

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IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013