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Network Storage

Network File Share

What Is It?

Active Directory Network Storage (ADNS) is a file-sharing resource through which departments can store their files on a file server. This service provides a highly redundant, highly available, fully backed-up storage of departmental files. This resource is made available to users whose departments have requested the disk space.

Network storage allows organizations to have complete control over their data. It offers the ability to implement security measures, such as access controls and encryption, to protect sensitive data.

Other Service Names

ADNS, Active Directory Network Storage, Network Drive


  • Disk space is offered at free for College of Education users.
  • The files are stored on a server and Network Attached Storage (NAS) cluster, and users can access their files from multiple computers.
  • Excluding extreme circumstances, it is our goal to have your files available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


  • Your computer must be on the UIC campus network (either on-campus or connected through the VPN) to connect to ADNS shares.
  • You have an active UIC account that has been granted access to one or more ADNS shares.
  • You must connect from a computer that supports connecting to SMB file shares. This functionality is built in to most modern operating systems.