Kite Drive

Overview

Kite Drive is Thayer's cloud file storage and syncing service -- it's our custom, secure instance of Google Drive. To see and use your Kite Drive go to  kite.dartmouth.edu/drive and log in with your @dartmouth.edu email address

Kite Drive gives you  unlimited storage space in Google's cloud. You can store any file type (Word Docs, PDF, images, video etc.) in your Kite Drive and you can also create Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Forms from within your Drive. (see Collaborating with Google files ›)   

Kite Drive also allows you to sync files with your computer, similar to other services like dropbox.com. With the Google Drive client app, you can access files stored in your Kite Drive through a folder on your local machine. Updates you make to documents stored in this Google Drive folder will be automatically synced up to your Drive. (see  Syncing with your device ›)

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Kite on the Web

The web interface is where you'll be able to see all the files and documents stored in your Kite Drive. Your Kite Drive storage is cloud-based and provided by Google. If you are using the Google Drive client application, you will only be able to see files and folders you have  chosen to sync.

Logging in 

Go to  kite.dartmouth.edu/drive to log in. This will take you to a Dartmouth Web Authentication page where you will enter your NetID and password. If your log in is successful, you should be brought to a page like the one below, with the Kite logo in the upper lefthand corner.

You can also go to  drive.google.com or open the Drive app in Chrome, type in your @dartmouth.edu address, and when you hit Next you will be taken to Dartmouth Web Authentication. 

Collaborating with Google files: Google Docs, Sheets, Forms etc. 

You can store any type of file in your Drive but Google also provides some special online-only file types that allow real-time collaboration with other members of the Thayer Community.
To create one of these types of files, click "NEW" in the top left of your Kite Drive home. If you hover over "More" at the bottom of the menu, you will see the option for Google Forms and more. 

Google Docs are for word processing and have almost all the features of Microsoft Word (plus real-time collaboration);  Google Sheets are spreadsheets, very much like Excel spreadsheets;  Google Slides are roughly equivalent to PowerPoint decks.
Google Forms are great for making simple web forms/surveys. You can collect responses in a number of ways: right there in the Form, on a Google Sheet (which you would designate), or as a .csv. You can also set up email notifications for responses. 
Learn more in the  GSuite learning center ›

Syncing with File Stream

Drive File Stream is Google's enterprise tool for syncing files between your computer and your Kite Drive. It looks and behaves very much like an external drive -- you can think of it as as a thumb drive that holds all the contents of your Kite Drive except you can use File Stream simultaneously on any number of computers.

Caveats

Working with files offline:

The File Stream application will show you all of the files stored in your Kite Drive, but it will only sync files when you click to open them for the first time. That means if you are offline you cannot access files that have never been synced. 

If you need a file available offline, navigate to it in "Google Drive Files" in Windows Explorer or "Google Drive" in Mac Finder, right click and find Drive File Stream in the popup menu. In the Drive File Stream submenu, click "Available offline".  You can do this for individual files, but it may be more convenient to make entire folders available offline.  If you do this, all subfolder will also be kept cached on your computer, so bear in mind that this could consume a lot of space if you have lots of data somewhere in the folders you are making available offline as you may run out of space on your local drive.

Searching for files:

Searching for files within your Kite Drive is a little limited with the File Stream client. You can search for a folder or file by name, but if you search by keywords within the document, the file system may not show you a full list of all files containing that keyword. This is because the File Stream app will only store a file's title and metadata until you open it locally, at which time it will sync all the contents of the file, or when you force it to sync by making it available offline (see above).

As a workaround, you can use the web interface ( kite.dartmouth.edu/drive ) to search for any files you can't find in the File Stream client.

Folder & File metadata:

File Stream does not update the "Last modified" date of folders, even when you add or delete files.

Moving to File Stream

To install on a Thayer-owned computer, please contact  computing@thayer.dartmouth.edu. (Newly-imaged Thayer-owned computers should already have File Stream installed.)  

To install on your own device, download Drive File Stream from Google.  

Please carefully read the instructions Google provides for moving from the old client, if you have that installed. Otherwise, install the client and log in using your full Dartmouth email address, followed by your NetID and password when prompted.

Google Drive sync client (deprecated)

Syncing down

If you want to access your Kite Drive data as a normal folder on your computer, you can install the Google Drive client application. The client will sync files and folders from your Kite Drive to your local hard drive or device. 
NOTE: You will need enough free space on your device for the files you choose to sync!! Syncing means that a local copy of the file is placed on your computer, in a special folder called "Google Drive" (see  Finding your Google Drive folder ).
When you first run the Google Drive client you can choose which folders and files you'd like to sync -- if you want to save local storage space, only sync what you need to work on. You can always choose different folders/files later by  editing your Google Drive client Preferences

Syncing up

If you create a new file on your computer, say a Word Doc, and you want it to go to your Kite Drive, you must save it in the special "Google Drive" folder. It may take a few minutes to appear, but once you do this you will be able to access that file online and share it with others via Drive; and when you save changes to that file, they will be automatically synced up to your Kite Drive

Get the Google Drive client:

Finding your Google Drive folder

After you open and run the application -- the first time you do, you'll go through a series of prompts and have to log in with your NetID and password, then you'll be asked what folders you want to sync -- you'll have a couple different ways of viewing and syncing your Kite Drive files. One way is to open the Google Drive client from Programs/Applications, but Drive also sets up shortcuts:

Windows

The Google Drive client will place an icon on your toolbar in the bottom right of your desktop:

If you click this, a window should appear and the first option will be Open Google Drive folder. When you click, a Windows Explorer window should appear, open to your special Google Drive folder:You can also access this view directly by clicking on the Folder icon on your task bar and then clicking Google Drive in the left hand navigation panel.

Mac

The Google Drive client will place an icon in the menu bar at the top of your desktop:

If you click this, a window should appear and the first option will be  Open Google Drive folder. When you click, a Finder window should appear, open to your special Google Drive folder. You can also navigate to this file in Finder.

Updating what you're syncing

You can change what files you're syncing at any time. Click on the Google Drive icon (in the task bar at the bottom of the desktop on Windows; in the menu bar at the top of the desktop on Mac), then click on the stack of dots to find "Preferences..."  This should take you straight to Sync options, where you can choose new folders to sync or un-sync.

A note on accessing shared files using the Google Drive client 

To sync files that have been shared with you, you'll first have to go online to the Kite web interface (kite.dartmouth.edu/drive) and move the files. See  instructions below ›

Other Google Drive clients 

We have some experience accessing Drive data using alternative sync clients, including  ExpandrivercloneFUSE, and others. Contact us for more information if, for example, you are trying to access lots of Drive data without syncing it all to your local storage.

Sharing

⚠ Security Note: Due to security standards at Dartmouth imposed by  DISC (Dartmouth Information Security Committee), data which is a classified as above level 2, is prohibited from being shared to non-Dartmouth accounts. For a list of DISC's different levels of data classification, please refer to our  DISC Protection Levels article.

Sharing files with others

NOTE: All sharing must be done online, at  kite.dartmouth.edu/drive, not through the Google Drive sync client.
Kite Drive is set up to easily share with other Kite users (who must be logged in with their @dartmouth.edu address), but it is also possible to share with people at other schools or people using alternate Dartmouth email address forms (like sylvanus@thayer.dartmouth.edu), provided you are following DISC security policy.
There are many ways to find the Share option in Kite Drive:
  • When you have a Google file open -- Docs, Sheets etc (although the process for sharing Forms is notably different, see below) --  you will see a Share button in the upper right hand corner.

  • From a Folder view, you can click on any file name and then click on the Share icon in the top right

  • And if you are looking at a preview of a regular non-Google file (i.e. Word Doc, Excel sheet, jpg etc), you can click on the stack of dots in the upper right to find the Share option.

No matter which option you use, the Share window should look like this when it opens:

Here is where you can enter @dartmouth.edu addresses of the people you want to share with. If you click the pencil icon to the right, you can limit the permissions of the people you're sharing with. The options are Can edit, Can comment, and Can view (i.e. read-only).

You can also choose to Get a shareable link which you can then email to your collaborators. If you want to share with non-@dartmouth.edu emails, you MUST get the shareable link and change the default sharing settings!

Changing Sharing Permissions

To share with with people outside Dartmouth or people using alternate Dartmouth email address forms (like  sylvanus@thayer.dartmouth.edu), follow the steps above to open the Share window, then:

  • click the Get shareable link button
  • click on "Anyone at Dartmouth Kite with the link can view" to open the drop down menu (image below)
  • click More... at the bottom of the dropdown

You should see a menu that looks like this:

Here is where you can choose to make the file available to Anyone with the link or make it totally public (not recommended). 

⚠ Security Reminder: Remember that DISC prohibits the sharing of data classified as Level 3 and above with non-Dartmouth accounts.

Sharing Forms

Oddly, the process for changing sharing settings on Forms is a little different. If you just click the SEND button in the top right you will find all the options for sending out the form but you won't be able to change the default Share settings there (which means you'll only be able to share with other Kite users). 
To change those settings and share with non-Kite accounts, click on the cog icon next to the SEND button:

In the window that pops up, under the "General" tab, uncheck the Restrict to Dartmouth Kite users option:

Finding files shared with you 

IMPORTANT: More likely than not, you must be logged in to Kite Drive with your @dartmouth.edu address to access files shared with you by other Kite users. If you want to find out how to seamlessly switch between Google Accounts, see our Managing Multiple Google Accounts article ›

In the left hand navigation bar of your Drive, you'll find the Shared with me button that will take you to a folder where all documents shared with you will end up (they will not initially appear in your home folder)

To make these easier to access or to sync shared files to your local Google Drive client you can move them to your Drive home folder: 

Right click (Ctrl+click on Mac) on the file you want to send to the My Drive folder, then find the Add to My Drive icon

Now the file will appear both in your home Drive folder, and in the Shared with me section. You can choose to move it to a sub folder by right-clicking again and choosing the Move option.

For more information about sharing in Google Drive, see  Google's own documentation ›

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