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Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

Network Infrastructure and Services provides network-attached storage (NAS) to Virginia Tech faculty and staff for individual and organizational use. NAS provide a secure and reliable location to store files so that they are accessible from almost any computer. For example, copies of office documents and email are good candidates for storage in a NAS.

Data stored on NAS must comply with policies and standards for storing university information. Personally identifying information covered by the Standard for Storing and Transmitting Personally Identifying Information must be encrypted. See also the Policy for Protecting University Information in Digital Form.

The NAS server,, is accessible via TCP/IP using the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol for Windows environments, the Network File System (NFS) protocol for Unix environments, and both of these protocols for Mac OS environments.

Create Your Personal NAS

Follow the instructions at Creating Your Personal Virginia Tech Network-Attached Storage (NAS).

Personal NAS is limited to 2.5 GB and cannot be increased at this time.

Request a Departmental NAS

Use 4Help Self Service to send a request for departmental NAS. In your request, include:

  • the name of the departmental NAS,
  • how much space you need,
  • and the Hokies ID of the person responsible for the NAS.

The default size of departmental NAS is 10 GB; it may be increased based on departmental needs.

Access Personal or Departmental NAS

Follow the instructions at Accessing Your Virginia Tech Network-Attached Storage (NAS) in Mac OS or Windows.

Manage Your NAS Space


Features: Roaming Profile

To optionally set up a roaming profile in Windows 7 / 8 to use your NAS, follow the instructions at  Configuring Virginia Tech Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Roaming Profile in Windows 7 / 8.

Snapshot Schedule

The NAS snapshots are performed every three hours daily for the current day, nightly for the current week, and weekly for two weeks. For more information, see Snapshots and Backups.

Maintenance Schedule

Regular maintenance times are:

  • Thursday, 3 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Sunday, 3 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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