Per a directive from the President’s Office and PAC, Information Technology Services will start a workstation backup program designed to provide disaster recovery for select institutionally owned desktop and laptop computers.
ITS will install software that will perform daily network backups of:
- All Windows desktops assigned to administrative staff
- All staff members who are Director-level or higher
- Other administrative staff by request from Director-level supervisor or higher
- All Academic Chairs
- Full-time faculty are excluded unless specifically requested by their Academic Chair
ITS will back up data stored within a user's "home directory" but not the entire contents of the computer’s hard drive due to time and storage limitations. MCAD's backup system automatically copies selected workstation data everyday and will retain that data for a 30 day sliding window for disaster recovery purposes. At present, workstations must be plugged into a wired, on-campus Ethernet port for backups to operate successfully.
These backups are designed to allow the restoration of work data from a computer that has been lost, stolen, destroyed, or has experienced hard-drive failure. ITS respects user privacy and is committed to taking appropriate steps to protect user data from unauthorized access. Daily backups will not be retrieved by ITS staff unless requested by the user or department VP. Staff or faculty that have security or backup concerns should address the matter directly with their supervisor.
Finally, ITS encourages all users to leverage their Departmental server share for archiving work data. Data stored on MCAD servers is backed up daily and sent off-site bi-weekly for long-term storage. OS X MacBook users are highly encouraged to back up important personal data with Time Machine. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance on how to best utilize our file storage servers, Time Machine and Google Docs.