Sunday, November 29, 2020

Network Access Topics:


Wired Access Requirements:

Following are the minimum requirements for connecting a device to the ESF Campus Network.

Operating system:

Windows: Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, or Windows 7. All should include the latest critical security updates as obtained from Windows Update.

Mac OS: OS X 10.4.11 or the latest update level to OS X 10.5.


Windows: Symantec End Point Protection version 11.0 (preferred; supplied by ESF)

Mac OS: Symantec Antivirus for Macintosh version 10.2 (preferred; supplied by ESF)

Other supported Antivirus packages.


Windows: Symantec End Point Protection version 11.0 (preferred; supplied by ESF)

Mac OS: None required

Other supported Antispyware packages.

Other Topics of Interest:

Network file storage, in the form of a 'Home' or H: drive, is available to ESF Faculty and Staff whose PCs are joined to the ESF domain. To start, users receive 1 GB of backed-up storage available from anywhere on Campus they log into the ESF.EDU (ESFADMIN) domain. Only the person who is logging in can access their data storage, so this is yet another reason to protect your username and password. This storage space is backed-up nightly and changes are tracked for (currently) 7 days. If you misplace a file and let us know within the week, we can restore the files or folders for you.

Common Questions:

How can I use this storage space?

You can use this space in any way that you would use another drive on your PC (the C: drive for example). You could use the space as a backup location for important files or your could use it for files that you are actively working on. The choice is up to you up to the limits of your allotted storage space (currently 1 GB).

How can I become a domain member?

To join your PC to the ESF Campus domain, please contact to make an appointment.

How do I find this storage space?

This storage space is automatically connected to eligible PCs as the H: drive. The H: drive can be accessed just like any other drive letter that your Campus PC has access to. The name of the drive will include your username. ESF employees can use their SU H: drive storage space with a minor configuration change. Please see below for details.

How do I use this storage space?

Your H: drive can be used exactly as any other drive on your PC. You can drag-and-drop/copy-paste files to it or save to it directly from programs such as Microsoft Word.

To use your SU H: drive storage space from a PC logged in to the ESF domain (ESFADMIN) do the following:

- Click Start --> Run (if Run is not available, use the [Window key]-R key combination to get the Run window from the Desktop.
- On the Open: line, type: \\\[username]$  (where [username]$ is your SU NetID followed by a $)
- Click Ok
- When prompted, enter your NetID and password. Your NetID should have the AD\ prefix (e.g. AD\username)
- Click Ok

A window containing all your SU H: drive files will open and you can now Copy/Paste or Drag/Drop to and from this space to your local computer or virtual desktop.


Are the files I save to the H: drive available off Campus?

Files saved to your H: drive are not currently available off Campus. We are working on a system that will facilitate off-Campus access, but it is only in testing at this time.

Can I share the files stored here with others on Campus?

No, files stored in this space are not directly shareable with others users. This is your personal 'home' space.

Can Mac users access the H: drive?

Mac users can contact to get options for networked storage on Campus.






A user/email account may be requested by any employee (Faculty or Staff) of ESF at any time if the request is made by the individual in person. A direct supervisor may also request such accounts for their employees. New employees who have not yet started with the College may have their accounts set up in advance only if the request is made by the direct supervisor.


Student user accounts (credentials) are created automatically for all students enrolled in classes at ESF. The accounts are used for gaining access to public PCs on the main Campus in Syracuse, and accessing network information to which the specific user is authorized. Students do not receive ESF ( email accounts. Syracuse University provides email for all ESF students and they should be contacted if problems/questions arise with student email (443-2677, or

At ESF, a NetID (or user account/credentials) consists of 3 parts: a username, a password, and a domain. You need all three parts to log on to the ESF Campus Network via public PCs (coming throughout the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006) or to access services such as email or Evergreen -- the ESF Wireless Network (coming fall 2005).

The username is, in most cases, the prefix of a person's ESF or SU email address. For example, if a user's email address is, then their user name is just eustice. Please see below for acceptable username conventions.

The password is information that should only be known to the user and not shared with others. For specific detail about passwords at ESF, click here. Students will use the same password they enter when logging-in to view their records on the Student Services Web site (via