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Campus Options for File Storage and Computer Backups

LSS plans to discontinue its File Storage Service, alternately known as "mapped drive", "mapped network drive", "SMB", or "Samba", on June 30, 2016.

Unlike when the File Hosting Service was started, members of the UW-Madison community now have access to a variety of file storage and computer backup systems.  Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive are all free to use, and for-fee services available through DoIT include SharedDrive and Bucky Backup.  Because of the number of alternate solutions with similar features, LSS plans to discontinue this service.

Between now and June 30, we recommend that you review the files stored in this service and save any files you wish to keep on your UW-owned computer.  You can do this by connecting to your network drive on the vanhise web server.  In addition, we have compiled links to some of the licensed products and other options available to UW-Madison faculty and staff.

How to connect to your account:

Free for use File Storage and Backup services:

  • Box, a place to store, access, and collaborate on files
  • Google Docs, a way to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings
  • OneDrive (part of Office 365), a cloud storage, file hosting service

For-fee File Storage and Backup services:

  • Bucky Backup, a flexible backup and recovery solution for files and folders or long-term archival storage
  • SharedDrive, a file storage system to store and share files on campus

Do you also use your network drive for website hosting?  You may find this article helpful.

Have questions about these changes or any of the above information?  Please email


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