File services upgrade project

Campus File Services Upgrade Project


The Office for Information Technology has found a replacement for the College’s aging Novell based file services which consists of Hector, Helen, Athena, Achilles, Tyrone, and Rhodus (F:, G:, and P: drives).  After careful consideration we will be upgrading to Microsoft File Services. OIT will be transitioning departments and groups to the new file services from May to August of 2016. This change to Microsoft File Services will provide faster access, better client support, better vendor support and improve the stability of the College’s File Services offerings.

The transition for college departments will be straightforward with minimal disruption to our clients.

OIT began looking into a replacement system in September 2015, researching file services options to upgrade our old Novell based services. Williams, along with many other schools, has used Novell File Services for decades, but sadly Novell’s offerings don’t align with our needs anymore.

OIT began by determining what options were available to replace Novell – we looked at NAS solutions, Microsoft’s solution and Novell’s current solution and narrowed the field down to a smaller pool. We surveyed our peers to find out what they are using for file services and to see how well it is working for their campus. We also interviewed several consulting firms to assist us with this migration.  In the end we decided to use Microsoft’s option, which is used by an overwhelming majority of our peers.

During the late spring and summer of 2016 OIT will work with each academic and administrative departments to coordinate the migration of their F and G drives to Microsoft File Services and to visit offices to do some related work on your computers.

OIT will also be providing scheduled information sessions for those that are interested in learning more.

This page will be updated frequently with information that will help explain the project and timelines.