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PsycNet - An Overview

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What is PsycNet?
Why would I use PsycNet?

 

What is PsycNet?

The Department of Psychology hosts a networking system in order to provide centralized file and printer sharing.  The servers, printers and computers that participate in this system are collectively referred to as PsycNet.

Why would I use PsycNet?

There are many reasons why you might want to use PsycNet.  Some of the reasons include:

Universally accessible file space

The file space hosted in PsycNet is accessible from virtually anywhere in the world.  Minimally, all you need to access your files is a java-enabled web browser (most browsers are java-enabled) and an Internet connection.

File sharing

Files and folders can be shared between individuals and groups of PsycNet accounts.

Backup and restore services

All of the file space on PsycNet is backed up on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.  At any given time, there are two weeks of daily backups, four weeks of weekly backups and one years worth of monthly backups.

If one or more of your files are deleted or damaged and that file has been on the server over at least one night, it is very likely that the file can be restored from a backup.

Automatic software installation and updates

Microsoft Windows-based computers that are part of PsycNet can be set up such that software can be installed automatically.  Further, updates to Windows and to the programs installed on the computer can also be updated automatically.  This service helps keep the computer running properly and make it less vulnerable to attack. 

Note: A similar service for Macintosh computers is currently being investigated by both the Department's IT staff and the University's IT Services group.  Linux computers are typically purpose-specific and as such are not good candidates for central software management.