Network: Learn About the Network

Primary network operating system

DePauw’s primary network operating system is Microsoft Active Directory, which is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Active Directory enables faculty, staff and students easy and secure access to network drives (e.g., I:, W:) not only on campus, but also from off campus at your home or while you are traveling.

Network drives

I: or Instructional Drive The I: or Instructional Drive provides storage space on the network for instructors to use in teaching courses. An I: drive folder is automatically created for every course offered through the Registrar’s Office that both the instructor and students in the course can access. Learn more…
W: or Web Drive The W: or Web Drive enables faculty, staff and students to publish personal and professional websites. All materials added to the W: drive are viewable by anyone on the World Wide Web. The W: drive provides 250MB of storage space on the network. Learn more…

Access rights

Access rights or permissions enable users to view and/or make changes to folders and files on the network. Read-only access enables users to read the contents of the folder, but does not allow them to make changes. Read/write access not only enables users to read content, but also enables them to make changes or modify content. This includes adding, renaming and deleting files.

Connecting to network drives

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

DePauw’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) enables faculty, staff and students to securely access the network from off campus using a Web browser that has an active Internet connection. After connecting to the VPN, connecting to your network drives is the same as if you were on campus.


  • VPN licenses are limited. We recommend that you download the file(s) you need to access, and then close your VPN connection so others may access the VPN.
  • VPN access is typically limited to a one hour session.
  • The VPN may log you out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Accessing the network from off campus

Residence Halls and University-Owned Living Units

Learn more about Wired and wireless connections in residence halls and University-owned living units, such as:

  • Wired and wireless connections in residence halls and University-owned living units.
  • How you can request the activation of a wired data jack.

Wireless on campus

Learn more about Wireless, including:

  • How to connect to wireless access on campus.
  • DePauw’s policy on personal wireless access points.
  • Additional resources on wireless.
  • Tips.
  • FAQs.

Need help?

Contact the HelpDesk
  • Call us at (765) 658-4294.
  • Email us at
  • Visit us on the lower level of the Student Union Building during our regular office hours of Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: When reporting an issue, please provide us with your DNS setting. You can learn how to find the DNS setting by following the step-by-step instructions at Finding your DNS setting(s).

Updated: 4/17/2017