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Accounts & Policy Information

Accounts & Policy Information

Access to the Data Lab is open to Tufts faculty, students, and staff through the use of their Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN) and password. Allowing others to sign in using your account is prohibited.

Requesting a Data Lab User Account & H Drive

User accounts provide automatic network connections to all Data Lab network drives (see below for more info), in addition to 10 gb of personal network storage (H drive) that is backed up on a nightly basis.

  • All students in GIS classes will automatically be set up with a user account.
  • Regular lab users may request a user account if they intend to primarily use the lab for GIS, Statistics, or Data Visualization purposes.
  • To obtain an account, please complete the GIS Account Request Form and return it to DataLab-support@elist.tufts.edu.

Requesting Research Storage (R Drive)

For larger storage needs, Tufts Technology Services provides network storage for research (R Drive). Faculty, researchers, and graduate students may request space, starting at 50 GB to up to several terabytes (TB), based on their identified research-specific computational and data acquisition needs.


Data Lab Network Drives – Overview

Data Lab Network Drives – Overview:

The Data Lab maintains four network drives, the H:\, M:\ and S:\, which contain data and information related to GIS. Users are automatically connected to these drives in the Data Lab. On Tufts computers outside of the Data Lab, users will need to manually connect to these drives using the instructions below.

  • The H:\ drive is a user’s personal network drive with 10 GB of storage.
  • The M:\ drive contains large & frequently used GIS datasets organized by geographic location and source. This data is read only.
  • The S:\ drive contains information regarding classes, projects, and Data Lab Administration.

To use the network drives in ArcMap, you must first map the network drive in Windows. The following sections review the process from the Medford campus, the Boston or Grafton campus, or from your home via the VPN.


Mapping a Network Drive in Windows on the Tufts Medford Campus

Mapping a Network Drive in Windows on the Tufts Medford Campus:

Step 1: Depending on which version of Windows the computer is running, Map a Network Drive as follows:

      • Windows 10: Type “This PC” into the Search Bar  → This PC → Click Map Network Drive tab (this includes Eaton, EPDC and Mugar Labs)
      • Windows 7: Go to Start → Computer → Map Network Drive tab
      • Windows XP: Go to My Computer from the menu bar, select Tools Map Network Drive.

Step 2: In the drop down menu labeled Drive: choose the drive letter that you want to map (H:\, M:\,  or S:\). If the letter drive is not available, select an available drive letter.

Step 3: In the Folder: drop down menu manually enter (or copy and paste) one or all of the following pathways

      • For the H:\ drive enter: \\rstore2\gisusers$\yourUTLN   (Example: \\rstore2\gisusers$\asmith01)
      • For the M:\ drive enter: \\rstore1\tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
      • For the S:\ drive enter: \\rstore2\gisprojects$

Step 4:  Check the box Reconnect at logon. Click Finish.


Mapping a Network Drive in Windows on the Boston/Grafton Campus:

Mapping a Network Drive in Windows on the Boston/Grafton Campus:

Step 1:  Depending on which version of Windows the computer is running, Map a Network Drive as follows:

      • Windows 10: Type “This PC” into the Search Bar  → This PC → Click Map Network Drive tab (this includes Eaton, EPDC and Mugar Labs)
      • Windows 7 – Go to Start → Computer → Map Network Drive tab 
      • Windows XP – Go to My Computer. From the menu bar, select Tools Map Network Drive.

Step 2: In the drop down menu labeled Drive: choose the drive letter that you want to map (H:\, M:\,  or S:\).

Step 3: In the Folder: drop down menu manually enter (or copy and paste) one or all of the following pathways

      • For the H:\ drive enter:  \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\yourUTLN (Example: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\asmith01) – See note below
      • For the M:\ drive enter:  \\rstore1.uit.tufts.edu\tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
      • For the S:\ drive enter:   \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisprojects$

*NOTE BOSTON/GRAFTON CAMPUS: Users on the Boston/Medford campus will be prompted to enter their username (UTLN) and password. You must include “Tufts\” before your username. For instance username: Tufts\Asmith01.

Step 4:  Check the box Reconnect at logon. Click Finish.


Mapping a Network Drive in Windows from Home via the Tufts VPN

Mapping a Network Drive in Windows from Home via the Tufts VPN:

To use the network drives in ArcMap on your personal computer from home, you must first download and install the VPN Client and then map a network drive.

Step 1: Download and Install the Tufts VPN AnyConnect Application.

      • Open a web browser and go to https://vpn.tufts.edu
      • Log In using your Tufts credentials.
      • In the navigation pane on the left, click the option Install AnyConnect.
      • On the far right, locate the heading Installation packages.
      • Click the link for either the Microsoft Windows installation package.
      • Save the AnyConnect Executable File to your downloads folder.
      • Run the install or open your Downloads folder and locate the AnyConnect executable file. The file will have a long name that begins with anyconnect-win-.  (Note: The file name ends with .exe and the file type is Application.)
      • Double click the AnyConnect executable file to begin the Setup Wizard.
      • Follow the Setup Wizard to complete the installation.

Step 2: Open AnyConnect to Connect to Tufts VPN

      • Open the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
      • In the VPN field enter vpn.tufts.edu.
      • Click Connect.
      • Enter your Tufts Username.
      • Enter your Tufts Password.
      • Click OK.

Once the connection is complete the AnyConnect icon will appear on your status bar on a PC indicating you now have a secure link to the Tufts network with full access to all Tufts network resources

Step 3:  Once you are running the VPN client and in Windows OS, then you can map the Network Drives. Depending on which version of Windows the computer is running, Map a Network Drive as follows:

      • Windows 10: Type “This PC” into the Search Bar  → This PC → Click Map Network Drive tab (this includes Eaton, EPDC and Mugar Labs)
      • Windows 7 – Go to Start –> Computer –> Map Network Drive tab
      • Windows XP – Go to My Computer. From the menu bar, select Tools Map Network Drive.

Step 4: In the drop down menu labeled Drive: choose the drive letter that you want to map (H:\, M:\,  or S:\).

Step 5: In the Folder: drop down menu manually enter (or copy and paste) one or all of the following pathways

      • For the H:\ drive enter:  \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\yourUTLN (Example: \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisusers$\asmith01) – See note below
      • For the M:\ drive enter:  \\rstore1.uit.tufts.edu\tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
      • For the S:\ drive enter:   \\rstore2.uit.tufts.edu\gisprojects$

*NOTE: Users working from home via the VPN will be prompted to enter their username (UTLN) and password. You must include “Tufts\” before your username.
For instance: Tufts\Asmith01

Step 4:  Check the box Reconnect at logon. Click Finish.


Mapping a Network Drive on a Mac OS

Mapping a Network Drive on a Mac OS:

Step 1: Map a Network Drive as follows:

      • Go to the Finder → Under the Go menu, select Connect To Server…

Step 2: In the Server Address Box, enter one of the following pathways:

      • For the H:\ drive enter:   smb://rstore2.uit.tufts.edu/gisusers$/yourUTLN
      • For the M:\ drive enter:   smb://rstore1.uit.tufts.edu/tts_rsch_gis_dataset02$
      • For the S:\ drive enter:   smb://rstore2.uit.tufts.edu/gisprojects$

Creating a Folder Connection in ArcMap/ArcCatalog

Creating a Folder Connection in ArcMap/ArcCatalog

      1. Start ArcMap
      2. Make the Catalog window visible (click on the Windows menu, then Catalog)
      3. In the Catalog window, right click on Folder Connections and choose Connect Folder. Alternatively, you can press on the folder with the plus sign to connect to a folder.
      4. Choose what you would like to connect to whether it’s an external hard drive or one of the drives mentioned.
      5. You will now see the desired drive contents in Catalog, and they can be used in ArcMap.

*Note: When using ArcMap, always make sure that ArcMap data paths are set to be relative, not absolute. This will help make your ArcMap documents be more portable. To do this in ArcMap, click on FileMap Properties. At the Untitled Properties window, select the Data Source Option button and select store relative path names.


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