Network Storage [Helios]
Helios is a high-speed, robust, centralized file storage server. Network file storage has a number of benefits including the ability to access one's personal files from any publicly accessible computer system on campus.
Advantages of Using Helios
- You can access your personal files from anywhere: your office, an SU lab/classroom, or Starbucks! Off campus access uses an File Transfer Protocal (FTP). A free FTP program we usally recommend is Filezilla. All you'll need to get started is name of the ftp sever at SU, ftp.southwestern.edu
- You can also access your files off-campus from any browser by typing in the URL ftp://SUeID@southwestern.edu. NOTE: depending on your browser the file you open and edit may not SAVE BACK to the original location. Make sure when you SAVE the file, it is to a valid storage area on your hard drive and not a TEMP folder.
- If you are Firefox user, there is a slick add-on that allows you to attach/open/edit and save. FireFTP 1.0.1
- Files stored on Helios are backed up every evening.
- You have 600MB of storage. That may not sound like much but it's plenty of space to store important projects and papers.
More on Access Off-Campus
Helios in your office and the classroom
When you login to your office computer or an instructor podium in a classroom, access to your Helios storage is automatically setup. There will be a drive mapped to 'HOME' which is your document storage directory on Helios. Many SU folks refer to this as their H: drive or their Helios drive.