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The entire Law School campus is wireless accessible. If a staff member would like his/her laptop configured to access the HLS wireless network, he/she should contact the Faculty-Staff Help Desk to schedule an appointment. Configuration instructions can also be found at:
Please note that users cannot access network folders with a wireless connection unless they connect with VPN first.
All offices are equipped with network data jacks that can be used to access the Law School Network and the Internet. The hard-wired network provides high-speed access to the Law School’s file storage, printing services, internal web site (Intranet), e-mail services, and the Internet.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is used to allow members of the HLS community to access their files on the Law School's network securely with a broadband or an on-campus wireless connection.
In order to establish a Virtual Private Network connection to the HLS Network, Staff should first install the appropriate VPN Client software on his/her system. Please contact the Help Desk to schedule an appointment for installing the VPN software for either a PC or Mac. VPN installers can also be on the software library.
To login to VPN, staff should enter his/her email username (including @law) and password.
All Law School staff are given an H:\ drive, also known as a home drive. This drive is used to store work-related private and personal data such as individual performance reviews, VPS Reports, and email back-ups. Because this space is limited, staff are advised not to store personal, non-work related data such as audio (mp3, mp4), video (wav, avi), or picture files (jpg, gif, bmp, or tiff). Also, this space should not be used to back-up applications or programs as these programs are available at the Faculty-Staff Help Desk. Only the specific staff member has access to his or her H:\ drive.
Click here for instructions on how to manually map your H: drive on a Macintosh computer or on your home PC.
Staff also have access to either an S:\ or R:\ drive used to share HLS related files and folders with others at the Law School. For example, faculty assistants can use a shared drive to share files with their faculty member; departments can use a shared drive to share files with others in their department. For security reasons, only people who have permission to these shared folders have access to its contents.
Click here for instructions on how to manually map your R: drive on a Macintosh computer or on your home PC.
The “M:” drive is used to share high-risk information between departments at Harvard Law School because the sharing of sensitive data, such as HUIDs and Social Security numbers, via email is not secure. In order to comply with the Massachusetts data privacy law, such high-risk information should be stored and shared on HLS’s secured network. Click here for more information about the M: drive.
Staff members that wish to save information to the HLS network should manually move these files to his/her specific home or shared drive. The home drive should be used to back-up personal, work-related files such as VPS reports and performance reviews. Shared drives should contain files that are work related and are needed by others in a department. For questions about how to save to a network drive or where files should be saved, please contact the Help Desk.
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