U Drive limit increased!


Do you have a U drive?

If not see U Drive: Cen­tral File Stor­age for Users.

U Drive is a cen­tral file stor­age for users that pro­vides stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff with a place to store files that can be accessed from any­where, on– and off-campus.


The stor­age limit was just increased from 10gb to 20gb. If you have a U drive they are auto­mat­i­cally mapped in Gib­son for your use.

To get a U drive:

Activate/Manage Your Storage

Stu­dents: U Drive is auto­mat­i­cally acti­vated for all stu­dents: http://uw.edu/itconnect/wares/udrive

Faculty/Staff: U Drive must be acti­vated via the UW NetID Ser­vice Man­age Page. Fol­low these steps from your browser to acti­vate this ser­vice (This is only nec­es­sary this one time):

  1. Steps  Actions
  2. Nav­i­gate to your Man­age Your UW NetID Resources Web page.
  3. Click on “Com­put­ing Services.”
  4. Check the box next to “Cen­tral File Storage.”
  5. Click on “Sub­scribe” to acti­vate your storage.

This page is also where Faculty/Staff should be able to pur­chase addi­tional quota with a UW bud­get num­ber at a rate of $0.35 per GB per month.

UW-Apple Software Update


Are there any plans to renew the license agreement?   

No.  Most of the soft­ware for which we enjoyed a license, Apple now makes avail­able for free to cus­tomers any­way.  OS updates are free, Pages, etc. are free for sys­tems pur­chased after Oct. 1, 2013. None of the soft­ware we had avail­able under the license was current.


We cur­rently have archive copies of the older OS’s for school use. OSX 10.5 & 10.6

UW-Apple Software contract has expired


The agree­ment licens­ing Apple soft­ware at the UW has expired. Sys­tems with soft­ware installed under the license may con­tinue to use that soft­ware. Obtain (free) updates via the Apple on-line store.



What does this mean?  You can keep what you already have but can­not upgrade to the newest ver­sions for freeIf your prod­uct needed to have the oper­at­ing sys­tem re-installed we are no longer licensed and you would have to pur­chase it.

What did we lose?  We lost access to all Apple soft­ware. This includes oper­at­ing sys­tems OSX 10.6 — 10.9. We also lost access to iWork 09 and iLife 11.

Will the agree­ment be renewed?  At this time we have no furthur information.

SEFS IT will be fol­low­ing this issue and we will post fur­ther updates as they become available.


CFR storage products moving to NETID

This is part of our ongo­ing migra­tion out of the old CFR Win­dows domain and into UW’s NETID domain.

What resources are affected?

  • \\cfr.washington.edu\main\Faculty
  • \\cfr.washington.edu\main\Groups
  • \\cfr.washington.edu\main\Users

What will happen?

The first change will hap­pen on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 6th. We will be remov­ing the point­ers on each domain that direct users to shares located on the other domain. These were cre­ated in the early days of the migra­tion to help users through­out a tran­si­tional period, how­ever now the remain­ing shares have to be moved one user or group at a time and these point­ers can no longer be used. To reduce con­fu­sion, shares in CFR will only be avail­able through CFR paths and shares in NETID will only be avail­able in NETID paths. The two main sup­ported paths are as follows:

  • \\cfr.washington.edu\main
  • \\main.sefs.uw.edu\main

This sim­ply means that if you don’t see the resource on one of the above two paths you should be able to find it on the other path instead.

We will then begin con­tact­ing and coor­di­nat­ing with users to move their “Home” direc­to­ries over. This is also a good time to start using your NETID account to log in instead of your CFR account, even if your com­puter is still joined to CFR. SEFS IT will assist with relo­cat­ing items within your user pro­file on your com­puter as needed.

At the same time we will also be work­ing with mem­bers of Fac­ulty and Group shares to move their data over. This how­ever will involve mul­ti­ple peo­ple and we will do our best to work around your schedules.

At this time User and Fac­ulty fold­ers that have seen lit­tle or no use in more than a year have already been moved over.

What do I need to do?

SEFS IT will con­tact you if your resource needs atten­tion. If you don’t hear directly from us again about this, then you either did not have any resources on the sys­tem or you’ve already been moved.

What impact might I experience?

  • Users access­ing a NETID resource from a CFR account will be prompted for their NETID account. The user­name should be entered in the “netid\username” format.
  • Short­cuts cre­ated by users will have to be man­u­ally recre­ated. SEFS IT can assist with this if needed but please do not delete old bro­ken short­cuts until you have new work­ing ones in place. We can use those to help find the new path.

Net­work places short­cuts for User fold­ers that we cre­ate through auto­mated poli­cies will update upon your next login after your data is moved. The short­cut lead­ing to “Main” will be dupli­cated so you’ll have one to each domain until all shares are moved, upon which time we will remove the short­cut to the old domain.

As always, if there are any ques­tions or con­cerns please con­tact us at sefshelp@uw.edu or 206–616-7365



New copiers!

Hello folks,

We are pleased to announce that the first of a new batch of Canon copiers for the 3 main build­ings are now pur­chased and in place. If you haven’t been in Ander­son Hall lately stop by 115 or the 2nd floor hall­way to take a look. The remain­ing Xerox units will be swapped out over the next cou­ple weeks, leav­ing us with a sim­i­lar setup as before. One large color unit on the main floor of each build­ing with smaller B&W units on var­i­ous floors for a total of 8.

We are also excited to announce our new account­ing and print man­age­ment soft­ware, called Paper­Cut. No, not the painful cut from a piece of paper. This new sys­tem com­bined with embed­ded soft­ware in each copier will allow users to send jobs to a sin­gle uni­ver­sal queue and decide where it prints by vis­it­ing the copier of their choice and releas­ing it there. This means that unlike in the past when you dis­cover the intended des­ti­na­tion is out of order or see­ing heavy use, you don’t have to go back to your office and re-send the job. You can sim­ply walk to a dif­fer­ent copier to get your prints.

Other fea­tures of this new sys­tem are under test­ing which include cloud print­ing, optional card swipe login at the copier, and mul­ti­ple bud­get options per user with friendly names instead of cryp­tic numbers.

We expect to start push­ing the new uni­ver­sal print­ing queue and asso­ci­ated soft­ware to SEFS com­put­ers in the next few days.

SEFS IT will be avail­able to demo the new sys­tem and answer any ques­tions you may have. Just catch us in the hall­way, or con­tact us via sefshelp@uw.edu or 206–616-7365.