Thayer provides several file "shares." Shares are connection points for Thayer community members to use to store and access files on both ThayerFS and Jumbo. The files are accessible from any network connected computer. Many users won't use all the shares.
The file shares are:
Home: Your personal ThayerFS folder
Every Thayer user is provisioned personal space on ThayerFS in the home share. This name of this directory is the same as your NetID (e.g. d01234x).
Use this space for storing personal data. No other user will be able to access this data, and you will not be able to share or provide direct network access to this folder for other users.
We archive personal folder contents shortly after individuals leave Thayer School.
This share contains folders for each course offering. Upon faculty request, Computing Services can create special sub-folders with various combinations of read and write access for students, TA's, and faculty. Common uses for these folders include:
- Course materials (read/write for faculty and perhaps TAs, read-only to enrolled students) - Instructors and TAs can put data, slides, handouts, assignments, etc. in this folder for students to retrieve whenever and as often as they like.
- Collaboration/work space (read/write to everyone associated with the course) - This space enables collaboration and sharing among groups of students or the entire class. Students or groups can create sub-folders or files in this folder for group projects, storage for class work that requires large amounts of data, coordination among each other, etc.
To arrange to have course folder set up, contact us and let us know if you need any subfolders with specific permissions.
If students need access to a course folder to complete an assignment, we strongly recommend they make sure they know how to access what they need well beforehand. There is some setup required on their personal computers to access ThayerFS, and they need to be added to the Canvas course to gain access. It will be much better for a student with an assignment due Monday morning to find out Thursday afternoon rather than late Sunday that they need assistance with a course folder.
Students having trouble with course folders should contact Computing Services directly ( email@example.com or visit us in MacLean M126).
Course folder organization
Our course folder organization includes a top level folder for each term. Each term folder contains individual course folders. This organization allows course data and URLs from prior terms to remain available while reducing clutter on the Courses share.
For example, when you view the ThayerFS Courses share, the folders look something like this:
In the example above, the course ENGS 126 is taught in the Fall 2006 term and again in the Spring 2007 term, so it appears in both. Our folder organization allows the old files to remain in place and accessible to previously enrolled students.
If you repeatedly teach the same course and wish to reuse old course course data each term, we can arrange to copy the data over for you.
This share contains folders for departments and other groups.
This share contains folders for research groups and other bulk data. When you connect to this share, you will only see the folder(s) to which you have access.
DartFS is a file storage system provided by Research Computing and can be used from Windows, Mac or Linux. There is more information about DartFS available here:
- On Windows, shares appear as Network Drives. On macOS, they have an icon that looks like a hard drive. On Linux, ThayerFS shares are in the /thayerfs directory, Jumbo folders are shown in the /jumbo directory and DartFS folders are in /dartfs and /dartfs-hpc directories.
- For information on connecting to ThayerFS and/or Jumbo see the ThayerFS Connecting page.