Managing Your Work Environment

CISER Research (CISERRSCH)

Finding and Managing Your CISERRSCH Workspace

The workspace is the area used to save all of your research working data. Regardless of the research server being used, your workspace is mapped to the U:\ drive. Desktop, Documents and Downloads are all part of your U drive. This mapped drive location will hold all of the files saved during your research and use of the CISER servers. The workspace is unique to the user account.

About Your Workspace more...

  • Your workspace is located at your U:\ drive. Regardless of which research server you log-on to, you will always have access to the same files on your U:\ drive.
  • Every user account has its own workspace. If you have multiple user accounts, your U:\ drive will be unique to each of your user accounts.
  • Files stored in your workspace are backed up daily, protecting your work.
  • Your research server’s Desktop is part of your workspace. Any shortcuts you place there will be saved.
  • Your research server’s Documents folder (found by clicking on the Start Menu and then Documents) is also part of your workspace. Any files you place there will be saved.
  • IMPORTANT: The C:\ drive is NOT part of your workspace. Anything you store on a research server’s C:\ drive will be deleted during the next downtime!

Finding Your Workspace more...

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to File Explorer.
  3. Find the U:\ drive.
  4. Click on the U:\ drive. This is your workspace.
  5. This PC -> Network Locations. Location named after your CISER username is U drive

Desktop Shortcuts more...

  • Create shortcuts to sub-folders in your workspace.
    1. Go to a sub-folder you want to make a shortcut to, and
      right-click on it.
    2. Select Send to.
    3. Select Desktop.
  • Create shortcuts to software applications.
    1. Go to Start Menu→All Programs, find the software application you want to make a shortcut to, and right-click on it.
    2. Select More.
    3. Select Open File Location.
    4. Right-click on the application.
    5. Select Send to.
    6. Select Desktop.
Naming Filesmore...
file paths that are longer than what Windows allows (over 250 characters), caused problems with the backup of your files. Please be mindful to not exceed the 250 character limit. The directory and filename combined should not exceed 250 characters. Please plan accordingly.

An easy way to tell if a file is too long is to use dir from the command line. Even when you are sending the list to a txt file you will be notified in the command window when a path that is too long is encountered. The command will look something like this:

U:\>dir /S /O:D /Q > U:\listofifles.txt

The directory name is too long.

Identifying File Extensions and Pathnames more...

By default, Windows hides all recognized file extensions. You may change your settings to see all file extensions, and also to see full pathnames in the title bar

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Click on Appearance and Personalization.
  4. Click on File Explorer Options.
  5. Select the View tab.
    • Check the Display the full path in the title bar option.
    • Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
  6. Click Apply, and then the OK.

Storing Large Files more...

To help conserve disk space on the research file server, you can compress large files in your workspace.
Cornell Restricted Access Data Center (CRADC) and Secure Standalone Enclave

Finding and Managing Your CRADC Workspace

The workspace is the area used to save all of your CRADC working data. Regardless of the CRADC server environment being used, your workspace is mapped to your project folder on the S:\ drive, and contains a collaborative project folder at S:\[CRADC Project Name]\Projects as well as a personal folder for your user account at S:\[CRADC Project Name]\[Your NetID_CRADC Project Name]. This mapped drive location will hold all of the files saved during your research and use of the CRADC servers.

About Your Workspace more...

  • Your workspace is located on the S:\ drive under your project folder. Regardless of which CRADC server you log-on to, you will always have access to the same files on the S:\ drive.
  • Every user account has its own workspace by specific project. If you have multiple user accounts, each account’s workspace will be unique to each user account and found on the S:\ drive under the relevant project folder for that account.
  • Files stored in your workspace are backed up daily, protecting your work.
  • Your account Desktop on the CRADC server is part of your account’s workspace. Any shortcuts you place there will be saved.
  • Your account Documents folder is also part of your account’s workspace. Any files you place there will be saved.
  • IMPORTANT: The C:\ drive is NOT part of your workspace. Anything you store on a server’s C:\ drive will be deleted during the next downtime!

Finding Your Workspace more...

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to File Explorer.
  3. Find the S:\ drive.
  4. Click on the S:\ drive.
  5. Select your Project Folder on the S:\ drive.
  6. The sub-folder S:\[CRADC Project Name]\[Your NetID_CRADC Project Name] is your account workspace. S:\[CRADC Project Name]\Projects is the collaborative workspace for the project.

Desktop Shortcuts more...

  • Create shortcuts to sub-folders in your workspace.
    1. Go to a sub-folder you want to make a shortcut to, and
      right-click on it.
    2. Select Send to.
    3. Select Desktop.
  • Create shortcuts to software applications.
    1. Go to Start Menu→All Programs, find the software application you want to make a shortcut to, and right-click on it.
    2. Select More.
    3. Select Open File Location.
    4. Right-click on the application.
    5. Select Send to.
    6. Select Desktop.

Identifying File Extensions and Pathnames more...

By default, Windows hides all recognized file extensions. You may change your settings to see all file extensions, and also to see full pathnames in the title bar

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Click on Appearance and Personalization.
  4. Click on File Explorer Options.
  5. Select the View tab.
    • Check the Display the full path in the title bar option.
    • Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
  6. Click Apply, and then the OK.

Storing Large Files more...

To help conserve disk space on the file server, you can compress large files in your workspace.