June 5, 2023

New N:, U: and other Shared Drives

All UMW Faculty and Staff, 

The IT Department will install a new File & Printer server environment this weekend.  This means that what most of you know as “the shared drive” or “the N: or U: drives” will be moved to new server hardware. 

There are several important aspects of this project that I want you to be aware of: 

– the deadline for making any changes to files on the shared drives is 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 2.  All items stored on the shared drives before 5:00 PM on Saturday will be moved to the new server automatically.  Any edits made to files or files added to the shared drives after this deadline will be lost.   

The old server will go down at 9:00 AM on Sunday, March 3rd, and the new hardware is expected to be installed and available for your use starting at 7:00 PM Sunday evening.  During this time there will be no access to shared drives. 

For most users, the mapping of the new drives on your computer will be automatic, but there may be the need for some users to re-map network drives after the upgrade work is complete.  More detailed information on how to do this will be sent later in the week, and Help Desk staff will be standing by next week to assist with any issues. 

If you have questions or concerns about this system upgrade, please contact the Help Desk at 540-654-2255, helpdesk@umw.edu, or you may contact me directly. 

Thanks for your patience as we perform this work, 



Jerry Slezak

Director, IT Support Services, George Washington Hall B027

University of Mary Washington

1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA  22401