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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

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About MavDISK

MavDISK is a File Server for the Campus community built on a Dell Poweredge 2650 server running Windows 2003 Server. MavDISK handles a number of tasks such as Web hosting, Secure Shell, Macintosh File and Print services, Veritas Netbackup and Quota Services. These software packages allow users to connect through various means while keeping information stored on the server securely.

User quotas

  • Faculty receive 4GB
  • Students receive 600MB
  • Department Groups receive quotas based on request.

MavDISK folders

My_Private_Files folder

Put documents and files that you want no one else to see in this folder. Only you have access to this folder.

My_Public_Files folder

Store information in this folder that you want to share. Other users can read and execute files from your My_Public_Files without being able to write information.

My_Website folder

Build a personal web site by putting web pages in this folder.

Connecting to MavDISK

When connecting for the first time, you must know your campus username and your password. To find your username and reset your password go to /its/userid/ and enter your TechID and Social Security Number. The page will display areas to forward your e-mail and to change passwords on various systems. You need to change your password for "MavMAIL, CobLT, MavDISK". If you are already using MavMAIL and know your username and password then just look through the instructions below for the method you want to connect with to MavDISK

Connecting from Windows computers

Windows NT/2000/XP

Windows NT/2000/XP by mapping drives to share folders. Each user gets a shared folder matching the username followed by a "$". For example my username is "mclaughlin", so my share would be "mclaughlin$". So to connect to the server I would map the share as "\\ MavDISK\mclaughlin$".
XP/2000 Instructions & NT Instructions

Windows 9x

Configuring Windows 9x machines to connect to MavDISK can be complicated for users and, if not done properly, can result in information loss. For this reason we recommend that Windows 9X users connect to MavDISK with WebDav with Internet Explorer. (See WebDAV instructions below.)

Windows ME

Windows ME Instructions Coming Soon!

All Windows computers with Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher

WebDAV or Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning allows the user to connect from a WebDAV compatible client (in our examples we use Internet Explorer) to MavDISK and upload/download/modify files. WebDAV is an evolving technology in the market place we encourage user learn more by going to

Connecting an iPaq Pocket PC to MavDISK through the wireless network

Instructions for connecting to MavDISK from your Pocket PC coming soon.

Connecting from Macintosh computers to MavDISK

Microsoft User Authentication Module is designed to increase security of communications between Macintosh compatible servers and Macintosh clients using AppleTalk. Apple standard authentication method will pass confidential information concerning the user's password over the network in clear text, allowing malicious users to gain access to your information. All Macintosh computers wishing to use MavDISK are required to use the Microsoft UAM and Apple encrypted UAM to connect protecting MavDISK and the user.

Instructions for installing the MS UAM on OS 8.5 - 9.x computers coming soon

Download the MS UAM for OS 8.5-9.x Computers

Check out the instructions for installing the MS UAM on OS 10 computers.

Download the MS UAM for OS 10 Computers.

Connecting through the chooser on Mac OS 8.5 to 9.x computers

Check out the instructions for connecting to MavDISK with MS UAM for OS 8.5-9.2.

Connecting Macintosh OS 10 computers to MavDISK

Check out the instructions for connecting to MavDISK with MS UAM for OS 10.

Connecting from the Academic Computer Center workstations

You can use Windows computers in Sections A, B, C, D, and rooms 116, 118, 119, 125, 125a to connect to MavDISK Check out the ACC Windows Instructions for the connection information.

Connecting from off campus

WebDAV is nolonger supported on MavDISK.

Please contact for further assistance.

Offline files and folders for Windows 2000 and XP workstations

Offline files and folders for Windows 2000 and XP allow workstations to a keep local copy of your connection to network resources while disconnected from the network. Work on files, add and delete files from a network drive from home as if you are connected to the campus network. When you reconnect to the network, your computer will automatically synchronize the information between your mapped drive and your local computer, seamlessly performing the actions you made while away from the campus. Don't have your laptop with you? When you upload files onto MavDISK, and days later reconnect your laptop, it will notice the changes on your network drive and automatically copy down the new information.

Check out the instructions for enabling offline files and folders.

Check out the instructions for configuring offline files and folders.

Using your personal web site: Policies and web directories

Check out the Mankato Web Information, which also includes web page guidelines.

Check out the FAQ section for publishing on the My_Website folder.

MavDISK announcements

Keep up to date on problems other users are experiencing, scheduled downtimes and planned upgrades by checking the Announce folders on Mail or MavMAIL Also, stay current by checking out MavDISK News online. Information & Technology Services staff will continue to post all outages, downtimes, existing system problems and events that concern MavDISK to keep you the user up to date.

Check out the current MavDISK news.

FAQ and troubleshooting

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Whom to contact for assistance

Need help from off campus or on contact the Customer Service department at (507)389-6654.

The Customer Service department hours of operation are 7:30am to 5:00pm Monday though Friday.

The e-mail address for the service department is the You can also check Help Desk online at