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Wireless Connection

All areas of the HLS main campus have wireless coverage. If your device is not configured to access the HLS wireless network, contact the ITS Service Desk to be registered and connected. Configuration instructions can also be found at:

  • Windows Configuration
  • Macintosh Configuration

Please note that users cannot access network folders with a wireless connection unless they connect with VPN first (see the Remote Network Access section below).

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Wired Network Jacks

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 secure, high-speed access to the Law School’s network drives, networked printing services, internal web site (Intranet), email services, and the Internet.

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Remote Network Access (VPN)

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is used to allow members of the HLS community secure access to their files on the Law School’s network from an offsite connection or an on-campus wireless connection.

  • Information for Installing and Configuring the VPN

Remote access is also available via Virtual Desktop. More information about virtual desktop is available here.

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Network Storage

Personal network storage (onedrive)

All Law School faculty and staff are given OneDrive as a personal storage drive. This drive is used to store private and personal data such as documents, photos, media, and other files. Please note that certain types of data (such as tax returns, medical records, and files containing social security numbers) are considered Level 4 HRCI data and may not be stored on the OneDrive.

Faculty and Staff may share a file or folder from their OneDrive with other colleagues. For instructions on sharing files from OneDrive, and other frequently asked questions, please see the OneDrive Quick Start Reference.

Click here for instructions on how to access your OneDrive on an Apple computer or on your home PC.

 S:\ or R:\ (Shared Drive)

Faculty and 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 an Apple computer or on your home PC.

Click here for instructions on how to manually map your S: drive on an Apple computer or on your home PC.

 M:\ (Secure Drive)

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 on an Apple computer or on your home PC.

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Laptop Backups

Harvard Law School provides a backup utility called Connected for faculty laptop users.  This utility allows for the backup and restoration of data files from any location with an internet connection.  Once installed, the backup process runs on an automated schedule and requires no interaction on the part of the faculty member.  For in-office desktop systems all faculty should use the two network storage locations listed above. Connected should not be used for personal data such as music and photos.

ITS is happy to provide each faculty member with Connected. If you would like Connected installed on your computer, please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Click here for more information about the Connected backup solution.

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