The Student Desktop is the recommended method for students working remotely to access files that are stored on the University’s central file storage service (usually known as file share or High Capacity Storage/HCS).
You can also access files stored on your own computer from the Student Desktop.
The following instructions show you how to map your local computer storage and divisional/departmental HCS folders into the Student Desktop. Once these locations are mapped you can then copy files between them as needed. Please note that if you have large file transfer requirements you should use either OneDrive, Syncplicity, or the ITS High-Speed Data Transfer service.
For full instructions on connecting, see About Student Desktop/Staff Desktop.
Connecting to files from your own computer
You can copy files to/from your own computer if you have the Citrix Workspace software application installed—follow this guide to install it:
Once installed, open the Student Desktop and you will see your local computer drives available under This PC in Windows File Explorer.
Connecting to an HCS Folder (FileShare)
Once you are logged into the Student Desktop environment, you can access your divisional, departmental or lab HCS folder/s by following these steps:
- Open Windows File Explorer.
- Click in the top field and enter
\\storage.hcs-p01.otago.ac.nzthen click Enter.
- You should now see a list of shares you have access to. If you don’t see the share you are expecting, please contact AskOtago.
- Right-click and select Map network drive… from the drop-down menu options.
- Choose a letter to be assigned to the drive and click Finish.
Please note that it is possible to access these files on your own device without logging into the Student Desktop, and information for connecting to the shares can be found in the related article:
Contact AskOtago if you need help with setting up to work remotely.