Possibly Helpful/Very Vague

Hey folks,

Last year someone posted somewhere about a program in STLab (Ghost something…?) doing a daily maintenance of the computer they were working on (at like, 4am), and erasing their work. Save your papers to Dragon while you’re working.

More info:

Yes, the program is called Symantec Ghost.  It’s a hard drive imaging program that keeps the computers from getting too sick.  When it runs, it erases everything stored on the local computer’s hard drive.  Everything.  Fortunately, Dragon is not on the local computer’s hard drive, so as long as you save your paper to dragon, not to the desktop, you should be good.  On a PC, your dragon directory is automatically mounted as the H drive, so you can just save it there like it was a hard drive.  On a mac it’s slightly more complicated, but still worth it.  

I’m not sure what exactly the schedule is for running Ghost, but I think it’s like once a month for each computer or something.  They really should suspend it during reading/finals week.  

EDIT2: Dragon is basically a gigantic hard drive on the 5th floor of the science center where you can store data.  You can access it from anywhere on campus, or anywhere off campus with VPN, and it gets backed up daily, so it’s very unlikely to lose your data.  You can use it for all kinds of things, like if you’re giving a powerpoint presentation in class, just save it to your dragon account, log into the computer in the classroom with your wesleyan id and password, and then just go to the H drive (on a pc) and it’s right there.  In this case, however, the main reason to use dragon is to not get your paper accidentially deleted at 4am.  You could also save to a usb flash drive.

Anybody else know stuff?

26 thoughts on “Possibly Helpful/Very Vague

  1. Anonymous

    While I doubt flash drives are really against policy, people might think it is based on a reading of the policy from here:http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/contacts/computer-policy.htmlUnauthorized Computer EquipmentWithout specific authorization by the owner or System Administrator, users must not physically or electrically attach any foreign device (such as an external disk, printer, or video system) to a University System.This restriction includes the unauthorized installation of any additional network-related or digital communications equipment ( such as routers, hubs, or wireless access points) on the Wesleyan network. It’s conceivable one can assume that the “owner” of the lab machines are giving implicit permission to “electrically attach” an “external disk” like a disk on key, but it’s certainly not 100% clear.

  2. Anonymous

    While I doubt flash drives are really against policy, people might think it is based on a reading of the policy from here:

    http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/contacts/computer-policy.html

    Unauthorized Computer Equipment

    Without specific authorization by the owner or System Administrator, users must not physically or electrically attach any foreign device (such as an external disk, printer, or video system) to a University System.

    This restriction includes the unauthorized installation of any additional network-related or digital communications equipment ( such as routers, hubs, or wireless access points) on the Wesleyan network.

    It’s conceivable one can assume that the “owner” of the lab machines are giving implicit permission to “electrically attach” an “external disk” like a disk on key, but it’s certainly not 100% clear.

  3. Anonymous

    you just can’t use flash drives to download software from, say, library computers for your own computer

  4. Anonymous

    you just can’t use flash drives to download software from, say, library computers for your own computer

  5. Sam

    Ghost is every week or two to reimage to computers in order to keep them from becoming too clogged up with excess files, etc.Save stuff to your dragon drive or to WesFiles. If you need help ask a lab consultant, that’s what we’re there for.

  6. Sam

    Ghost is every week or two to reimage to computers in order to keep them from becoming too clogged up with excess files, etc.

    Save stuff to your dragon drive or to WesFiles. If you need help ask a lab consultant, that’s what we’re there for.

  7. Anonymous

    dragon on macs:go to finder, hit “go” on the top of the screen, click “connect to server. Type in smb://dragon/s**home/yourname, but replace the *s with your class year (08, 09, 10, 11, etc…). Your name is your login/email one (first initial, last name). Hit connect, enter your password, and you’ll be looking at your dragon drive.

  8. Anonymous

    dragon on macs:
    go to finder, hit “go” on the top of the screen, click “connect to server. Type in smb://dragon/s**home/yourname, but replace the *s with your class year (08, 09, 10, 11, etc…). Your name is your login/email one (first initial, last name). Hit connect, enter your password, and you’ll be looking at your dragon drive.

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