Active Directory Services

Overview

Information Technology (IT) offers centralized file sharing and printing services via Microsoft Active Directory (AD) based solutions. These service provide:

  • A secure file sharing service for individual NetID users and departments. (MSUFILES)
    • On campus access is provided automatically to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 clients bound (attached) to AD (ADMSU domain). 
    • Off campus access is provided to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 clients via an industry standard and secured WebDAV service. WebDAV allows users to mount server shares directly, providing a similar file share experience between on campus and remote access use. Unbound AD Mac and Windows clients on campus can also utilize WebDAV. CAUTION: For the protection of personal and University data, IT strongly recommends that Faculty and Staff utilize a University issued desktop or laptop ONLY to access MSUFILES remotely over WEBDAV. In general, you should avoid using your NetID credentials to login to any MSU services from publicly accessible (local library, internet cafe, etc.) or personal computers OR unsecured wired/wireless networks that could already have compromised security without you knowing it.
  • A web page publishing directory for all NetID users. (MSUWEB)
  • A centrally managed printing service that allows users to select shared print devices from a directory. (MSUPRINT)

File Sharing (MSUFILES and MSUWEB)

MSUFILES presents a private (home) directory and individual web page publishing directory to all NetID users. Departmental file sharing is also available.

Private (Home) Directory

  • Provides personal file storage on the MSUFILES server to each student, faculty and staff member.
  • On campus access is provided automatically to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 bound (attached) to AD (ADMSU domain) and is typically referred to as the "N: drive" (Windows)  or "Facstaff_vol1" (Mac OS) (accessible from the Mac OS dock).
  • Only you have access to your private (home) directory.
  • As of 9/1/2013, Faculty and Staff have a default 3 GB storage quota while students have a 500 MB storage quota.

Web Publishing (MSUWEB) Directory

  • Provides individual web page publishing storage on the MSUFILES server to each student, faculty and staff member. Published pages are accessible to the public via an MSUWEB based URL (i.e. http://msuweb.montclair.edu/~<netid> )
  • On campus access is provided automatically to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 bound (attached) to AD (ADMSU domain) and is typically referred to as the "W: drive" (Windows)  or "Pubweb_vol1/<netid>" (Mac OS).
  • As of 9/1/2013, Students, Faculty and Staff have a default 50 MB storage quota. Faculty and Staff may also re-allocate unused storage space between their private (home) directory and web publishing directory using the MSUFiles/Web Quota Re-allocation application.
  • NOTE: Use of this web service (content) must not conflict with or violate the State of New Jersey's rule of ethics for employees or the University's polices or guidelines for students and employees.
  • CAUTION: You should not place files in your web publishing directory unless you intend to make them publicly available via the Internet. Always place non-web files in either your private (home) directory or departmental file share. NEVER place files containing sensitive information in your web publishing directory for any reason.
  • Click to Learn how to publish and view your MSUWEB files.

Departmental (Groupshare) Directory

Every campus department1 is provided a departmental (groupshare) directory for the purpose of file sharing. The name of the directory is based on the department's name.

  • On campus access is provided automatically to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 clients bound (attached) to AD (ADMSU domain) and is typically referred to as the "O: drive" (Windows)  or "groupshare_vol1" (Macs).
  • By default, all members of a department2 have read/write access to a directory called "Common" at the root (or "top") of the department's directory. This is also referred to as "basic permissions" mode. The Common folder is required even if it is not used and cannot be renamed.
  • As of 9/1/2013, departmental (groupshare) directories have a default 150 GB storage quota.

1 Campus departments are determined by a data file maintained and provided by Human Resources.

2 Department membership is determined by a data file maintained and provided by Human Resources.

If more granular access controls (permissions) are desired, IT offers a self-service driven "advanced permissions" mode.

  • A department must designate one (or more) faculty or staff members to act as a share custodian.
    • Custodians receive one-on-one training from our Technology Training and Integration (TTI) staff. This training takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Custodians can create and manage access rights (directory permissions) for custom directories at the root (or "top") of the department's directory, other than the default "Common" directory.
    • Access rights (permissions) can be set to provide access within the department's custom directories to any NetID user or AD group. This includes NetID users outside of the department and student employees, for example. This allows for cross-departmental file sharing and other special needs.
    • NOTE: It is the sole responsibility of the custodian to ensure that proper access rights (permissions) are assigned to all departmental directories. IT does not audit or manage these custom permissions.
  • Click to Learn more about custodian privileges

 

Printing (MSUPRINT & Papercut)

MSUPRINT

MSUPRINT is a centrally managed print service that allows users to select shared print devices from a directory.

  • All on campus Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7/8 clients bound (attached) to AD (ADMSU domain) may browse to select & install shared print devices and print.

Papercut

Papercut, utilized in IT public lab and departmental printers and copiers, facilitates print accounting and charge back services. More information on Papercut in the IT public labs is available on the Public Computing Labs page.

How Do I Install a Shared Printer via MSUPRINT?

 

How Do I Access MSUFILES?

Faculty/Staff

Students