Q. How can I use files stored on my personal computer within the virtual PC?

Answer

Miami students all have access to network file storage provided to them by the university.  This network file storage is already visible in the virtual PC. If you set up the network file storage to be visible from your personal computer, then you can copy the files from your personal computer into the network drive and edit them within the virtual PC. Steps are provided below:

  1. Download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN using the instructions for Windows or for Mac, depending on your operating system.
  2. Open Cisco AnyConnect (search in Start or Applications) and login with Miami credentials. You will need to use two-factor identification. If the login isn’t sending a push to your phone, follow Step 3.
  3. Open Duo and click Miami University. You should see a 6-digit code. For the Cisco AnyConnect password, enter your Miami password, then a comma, then the 6-digit code you found in Duo.
  4. Connect to Network File Storage. The method for this differs between Windows and Mac, so select the link for your operating system and follow the instructions provided.
  5. Look at your File Explorer. You should now see links for the network storage drives. If you don’t see your own personal network storage in one of the links, follow Step 6.
  6. Click MyFiles. You'll see folders for every letter of the alphabet. Pick the one that's the same letter as the first letter of your uniqueID. Now you should be able to see your network file storage locally.
  7. In the virtual PC, click This PC. Under Devices and Drives you will see a drive labeled with your unique ID. This is the same network storage space that you set up on your local machine.

Every time you use network storage on your local machine, you will have to log in to Cisco AnyConnect.  This connects you to the Miami VPN so you can access your files. Also, as a student you have limited storage space in the network. If you're working on a project that requires large amounts of storage, you may need to use a software that can be run locally on your machine.

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  • Last Updated Apr 16, 2021
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  • Answered By Lydia Carter

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