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How to set up SacFiles (U Drive)

This contains instructions for setting up and accessing SacFiles on personal PCs.

On Campus

When users log into a university computer with their SacLink credentials, they can easily access their SacFiles. The Windows machines will already have their U: drive (SacFiles) ready to go in the location indicated below, but they'll have to manually point the Macintosh computers with Finder to the location of their SacFiles.

Windows: My Computer > username on 'sacfiles1\home\u#\username' (U:)

    • Note that the full path if it is not configured is \\sacfiles1\home\u#\username with the [#] as the last number of your SacLink username if it is a digit. If your username does not end in a number then do not enter a number following the 'u'.

Mac: Finder > Go (in Toolbar) > Connect to Server

    • The path to your SacFiles directory is https://sacfiles.saclink.csus.edu/home/u#/username with the [#] as the last number of your SacLink username if it is a digit. If your username does not end in a number then do not enter a number following the 'u'.

Users can also configure other drives, such as a department shared drive if they know the path. Connecting to sacfiles1 does not require SacVPN, but connecting to other servers, such as those in ECS or AL may require the user to use VPN.

Off Campus

Users can configure machines (Personal Computers) outside of campus to be able to access their SacFiles as long as it has an internet connection. Have the user follow the instructions provided below.

Configuration Instructions

Windows 7/8/10

  • Test your internet connection
  • Open the Start menu by clicking the circle in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Select "Computer"
  • Click on the "Map Network Drive" button above the folder contents window. On Windows 8, right click and select "Add a Network Location".
  • Click on the link that says "Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures" and click "Next" in the following window.
  • Visit mysaclink.csus.edu and login using your SacLink credentials. After logging in copy the server address listed under "Your home directory is located at:"
  • In the 'User name' field enter in 'csus\' and then your SacLink username. For example: "csus\saclink". In the 'password' field enter in your SacLink password. Once these are entered, click "OK".
  • The following screen will ask you to enter a name for the connection you just created. The default will be "username on sacfiles.saclink.csus.edu". You can change this name to whatever you would prefer. We recommend using a name like "U: Drive" or "Remote SacFiles". When you have decided on a name, enter it in the "Type a name for this network place:" field. Click "Next", then click "Finish."
  • Click the "Start" menu, and then click on "Computer". In the left-hand column, click on "My Network Places". You should see the connection you just created in this list. To access this connection, double-click on it. If prompted for your username and password again: in the 'User name' field enter 'csus\' and then your SacLink username. For example: "csus\saclink". In the 'password' field enter in your SacLink password, click "OK".

Mac OS X

  • Test your internet connection
  • In the Finder, select "Go". Scroll down and select "Connect to Server…" from the menu bar.
  • Visit mysaclink.csus.edu and login using your SacLink login credentials. After logging in copy the server address listed under "Your home directory is located at:"
  • Click the '+' button and paste your server address into the "Server Address:" field.
  • Select the server you just added to your favorite servers and click 'Connect'
  • In the 'name' field enter in your SacLink username. In the 'password' field enter in your SacLink password, click OK.
  • The shared drive will appear in the left-hand column of finder windows under the "Shared" section.
  • Reconnect each subsequent time by starting from step 5.

Computers & Software - KB0010301 by Long Lim | Published:2014-05-14 | Updated:2017-11-16 16:14:33 | Views::13

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