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DigiPen IT support information for classroom and lab computers.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Y: drive?

Every time that you log into a computer, your personal network storage space will be mapped to the Y: drive of the computer. This "Y:" drive will be your personal space to keep all files created or used by you. In addition to keeping your files on the Y: drive, you can also place it in the "My Documents" folder, which will also point to the Y: drive.

What are roaming profiles?

A roaming profile is Windows' method of storing your desktop settings, application preferences, and other information on a network share so it will follow you from computer to computer. This allows you to use many different computers, yet your settings stay with you on all of them. Everytime you log into a computer, this information is copied from a server to the workstation. Respectively, when you logoff, the information is copied back again.

What is DigiPen's roaming profile policy?

Profiles have a 30MB hard limit. If you excede this limit, then you will be unable to logoff of the computer and a warning will inform you of the offending files. In most cases this means removing files from your Desktop.

Where should I store my files?

  • Always backup your data! USB Flash Drives are ideal for this purpose.
  • Never store your data on the local computer. We frequently wipe the workstations of all data.
  • You should NOT store files on your Desktop or anywhere else in your roaming profile.
  • All projects should be store on a project repository server, such as
  • All other files should be stored on your Y: network drive or "My Documents" directory.

Is it safe to keep files on my favorite workstation?

NO. Although we only do a systematic flush between semesters a workstation can fail at any time or the data could be deleted by anybody who uses that workstation. Any data kept on the workstations should be considered "at risk"; the IT department will not make any attempt to save or recover any data on any workstation.

Where should I work on/compile my programming project?

Unfortunately, Visual C++ can be very temperamental about compiling files on a network share. Because of this, the best practice is to copy the files to the local C:\SandBox folder and work on them there. Be sure to delete your files before you log off.

How do I get files from my class folders

I need to get some files that were in my class folder, but all the class folders are different now that the new semester has started. Class folders are archived before we rebuild them for the new semester. Your instructor has access to those folders and they can retrieve the data for you.

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