Network File Storage at St. Olaf

St. Olaf provides networked storage space for use by students, faculty, and staff. This storage space is available from all college-owned computers on campus. Additionally, users can access their files from their personal computers on and off campus.

If you are off-campus, before following the steps below, you’ll need to setup a VPN connection on your personal computer.

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Organization of the network file storage

Backups and Restores

The network file storage is backed up nightly and in most cases, a document that is accidentally deleted can be recovered from backup. If you need a recovery performed, please e-mail informing them of the name of the file/document deleted, when it was deleted and where it was located.

Retention Policies

Backups of the network file storage are retained for varying amounts of time, depending on the type of data:

  • Users’ personal folders (home directory / H: drive) are retained for 2 years following the expiration of the account.
  • Class folder backups are retained for 5 years.
  • Shared folder backups are retained for 13 months.
  • Web content backups are retained for 13 months. (Backups from affiliated web sites like are retained for 6 months.)