SAS File Server Basics

The SAS file servers are secure and highly reliable.  Most faculty and staff should use the file servers as their primary place to store documents.

This page is part of a series intended to help you work productively in a variety of situations.


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The file servers offer important advantages:

  1. Security and reliability.  The servers are carefully managed to keep your data safe and accessible.
  2. Document recovery.   Data is reguarly backed up and can be recovered in case of accidental loss.  Often you can recover documents at previous stages of revision through the Shadow Copy feature.
  3. Personal and shared folders.  You can have one folder for your exclusive use, and additional folders for sharing documents with other members of your department or work group.
  4. Remote access.  You can remotely access your folders on the SAS file servers in two ways: provides quick access through a web browser. establishes a secure network connection between your computer and the SAS file servers.


Other important things to know:

  1. Eligibility.  Most faculty and staff are eligible for an account on the file servers.
  2. Setting up your computer.   There are different options for how can store your data. Ask your LSP to help you find the configuration that works best for you.
  3. Storage limits.  The files servers provide enough capacity for typical needs of faculty and staff.  If you need to store large volumes of research data or media files, ask your LSP for alternative solutions.
  4.  AirPennNet  When using a laptop on AirPennNet, you need to use the remote access methods referenced above.  For security purposes, the files servers can only be directly accessed from wired network connections in SAS buildings at Penn.