Active Directory

Ithaca College provides network file storage for all faculty members, all staff members, and all departments through Microsoft Active Directory (AD) accounts on the Mentor file server. The Mentor server can be accessed by computers running Mac OS X or Windows 7. You use your Netpass username and password to log into your AD account. Netpass passwords must be changed every 180 days using Netpass Manager.

File storage is provided through access to personal "home" folders and "shared" departmental folders. “Home” folders are accessible only to the owner of the individual account. “Shared” folders are accessible to groups of users who need to collaborate and share files, e.g., members of departments. All faculty and staff members have home folders. Most faculty and staff members have shared folders. Student employees may also have access to shared folders.

The AD file server that hosts home and shared folders is called Mentor. When you log onto a campus computer, your home folder will automatically be available to you (on Mac OS X you'll have a Home folder on the dock and/or desktop; on Windows you'll have an H: drive in My Computer). Shared folder names will vary depending on the nature of your work and can be accessed easily by creating shortcuts. The two main shared sections of the Mentor file server are “Shared” and “Academic.” Folders in the section called “Shared” host shared folders for departments. Folders in the “Academic” section host shared folders for academic projects (e.g., an instructor may request a shared folder for members of a research team). Other shared sections with a variety of names are hosted for other groups of users who need to share files.

Data on the AD file server is password-protected, scanned for viruses, and backed up nightly. Using the file server is the safest and most reliable way to store work-related files.

AD folders can be accessed both on and off campus, from either a college or personal computer, using either the wired or IthacaCollege wireless network. However, the steps for accessing AD folders will be different for each connection scenario. Please see the quick guides at right for detailed instructions.