Shared Storage

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Various units within the College of Art and Design utilize shared file storage on CoAD-maintained servers. CoAD IT currently maintains the following servers used for this purpose:


All content stored on these servers, unless otherwise specified, is backed-up daily using Tivoli Storage Manager. Backups are stored for 30 days.

Connecting to Shared Storage


Shared storage is only available while on the campus network. If off-campus or on a non-LSU network, you will need to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) before being able to access shared storage. To accomplish this:

  1. First, download and install the GlobalProtect VPN cleint
    1. Download Instructions
    2. Install Instructions
  2. Second, connect to the VPN
    1. Connection Instructions

Windows 7/10

  1. Open File Explorer from the taskbar or the Start menu.
  2. Select This PC from the left pane. Then, on the Computer tab, select Map network drive.
  3. In the Drive list, select a drive letter. (Any available letter will do.)
  4. In the Folder box, type the path of the server in the format \\servername\sharename (e.g. \\\Shared). To connect every time you log on to your PC, select the Reconnect at sign-in check box.
  5. Select Finish.
  6. If prompted for credentials, enter your Paws ID and password. You may have specify the domain by entering your username as LSU\Paws ID

Mac OS X

  1. Select the Finder by clicking the icon on the Dock.
  2. From the menu bar, select Go -> Connect to Server... or press Command-K.
  3. Enter the Server Address in the format smb://servername/sharename (e.g. smb:// and press Connect.
  4. If prompted for credentials, select Connect As: Registered User and enter your Paws ID and password. You may have to specify the domain by entering your username in the format