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Using Novell NetStorage

Novell NetStorage provides the solution for simple, Internet-based access to file storage. NetStorage is a software solution that is a bridge between the school district's protected Novell storage network and the Internet. It allows users secure file access from any Internet location – with nothing to download or install on the user’s workstation.

With Novell NetStorage, a user can securely access files from any Internet-enabled machine. A user can copy, move, rename, delete, read, and write files between a local workstation and their home directory, commonly referred to as your G Drive. This means that access is available from any Internet-attached workstation, anywhere in the world. There is no need to e-mail or copy data from one machine to another.

Accessing NetStorage

  1. Open any Web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.
  2. Go to
    (Note that netstorage is case sensitive)
  3. You should see a login window; the precise appearance of the window will depend on the Web browser you're using.
  4. Enter your Network ID and password.
  5. In order to protect your files, do not choose to save your password.

After a successful login you should see a window that looks like this:

Accessing files using NetStorage

To see the contents of your G drive, open the Home@SWSD_TREE folder, by clicking the plus (+) sign. In order to edit a file you have to download and save it on the local computer.

  1. Download the file using one of the following methods:
    • Double-click the file.
    • Right-click the file and choose “Download…”
    • Click the checkbox next to the file, then click the "File" menu in the browser window (not the browser's File menu) and choose “Download…”.
  2. You should be presented with a file open/save/download window (the precise appearance and options will vary by browser). Choose the option to save the file to disk then save the file to a location you can remember (e.g., the Desktop or My Documents).
    • Note that choosing the option to open the file does not actually open the original file from your G drive. Instead, a local copy of the file is saved, typically in a directory that may be difficult to locate when the time comes to upload the edited file back to your G drive.
  3. Open the downloaded file in the appropriate program and make the changes you want. Remember: you will be editing a local copy of the file, not the actual file on your G drive.
  4. Save the file and close it.

To place a copy of the edited file back in your G drive it must be uploaded using NetStorage.

  1. Return to the NetStorage browser window.
  2. Click the "File" menu in the browser window (not the browser's File menu) and choose "Upload…".
  3. You should get an “Upload File” dialog.
  4. Click the “Browse” button and navigate to the location where you saved your file.
  5. In the resulting dialog, select the file and open it. This should place the filename in the “File” box of the “Upload File” window. If additional files are to be uploaded, click the plus (+) button next to the browse button and select more files.
  6. Click the “Upload” button.

    When you’re finished using NetStorage make sure to logout using the Logout icon:


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