Answered By: Jason Welborn
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2014     Views: 55

Folder Redirection Explained

Folder Redirection is a feature that can be enabled on Microsoft Windows workstations which automatically "redirects" the local Documents folder to your personal network share (i.e. Z: Drive). Files stored centrally on our campus servers are automatically backed up, and can be restored in the event that something happens to them (e.g. corruption, accidental deletion).

Implementation Plan

On July 21, 2014, Computing & Technology Services will be enabling a feature called Folder Redirection for all registered students. We will also be increasing network storage capacity for students from 300MB to 1GB. When using a Windows workstation on campus, Folder Redirection automatically "redirects" the local Documents folder to the student's personal network share (i.e. Z: Drive). Students who prefer to use Mac workstations can will still save files to their personal network share manually, it just won't happen automatically as it will when using a PC. 

Benefits to Students

The implementation of Folder Redirection will be beneficial to students using Windows workstations in a few ways:

  1. The Documents folder is automatically redirected to your personal network share, and therefore is automatically backed up.
  2. Files saved in the Documents folder can be accessed from any campus computer, and you don’t have to worry about your files getting deleted when you log off.
  3. Your personal network share can be restored in the event that something happens to your files (e.g. corruption, accidental deletion). 
  4. Network storage capacity for students will be increased from 300MB to 1GB. You will get a warning when you reach 950MB letting you know you have exceeded you quota.

What to Expect

Once Folder Redirection is implemented, this change will be relatively transparent to students. When you login to a Windows workstation on campus, any files saved in your Documents folder will automatically be redirected to your personal network share (i.e. Z: Drive).

Please Note: Files saved to other folders - Desktop, Pictures, Music, Favorites – will not be redirected.

How do I know files are being redirected?

If you’d like to test Folder Redirection, simply save a new file inside your Documents folder. Then, if you go to your Z: Drive the same file should be available from there. 

How do I access redirected files?

From a Windows lab computer, simply login and navigate to your Documents folder or your Z: Drive.  From a Mac lab computer, you can access any previously redirected files by opening your network drive. An icon for your network drive can be found on the Dock. Redirected files will not be available from the Documents folder when using a Mac.