The EMC Isilon, known as "Bin" at Emerson, is a video editing and archiving network storage system for VMA and Journalism, as well as for departments and organizations with large files or editing needs. Bin is advantageous for video and audio storage over other file storage systems because of its speed and high volume, but it cannot be accessed when not on the Boston campus network. Non-video files should be kept on web-based systems like Google Drive or Box so they can be accessed while off-campus.
How to Connect from a Mac
With a Finder window active, click Go > Connect to Server (CMD+K) and type smb://bin.emerson.edu. Authenticate with your school credentials. If the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will see a number of shares to connect to.
How to Connect from Windows
Open the Run Command Box in File Explorer (WIN+R) and search \\bin.emerson.edu. Authenticate with your school credentials. If the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will see a number of shares to connect to.
What the Shares Are
All Faculty and Staff Home Directories – Click to view the personal directories of Faculty and Staff that you have access to.
All Students Home Directories - Click to view the personal directories of Students that you have access to.
Courses – Contains large file archival data for specific courses.
Departments - Contains large file archival data for specific departments.
Faculty and Staff – If you are a Faculty or Staff member, click this to access your 500GB home directory. Only you have access to this directory, unless you request that another user can have access. You can also reach your home directory by finding your name in the All Faculty and Staff Home Directories share.
Organizations – Contains large file videos and archival data for specific campus organizations.
Sienna - The Journalism department's storage point for use with Sienna, the play-to-air Asset Management system.
Students - If you are a Student, click this to access the 120GB home directory associated with your Emerson account. Only you have access to this directory, unless you request that another user can have access. You can also reach your home directory by finding your name in the All Students Home Directories share.
VMA Audio Library – Contains files for the Audio library. Accessible by VMA students and faculty.
VMA SFX Library – Contains files for the Sound Effects library. Accessible by VMA students and faculty.
Workshops – Contains shared files for use in training workshops.
Bin can be accessed by any lab computer, desktop, or laptop connected to Emerson’s Boston campus network. Note that while Bin can be accessed from all across campus, not all spaces have the wiring needed for high-speed video editing.
Is the Isilon system backed up? Is my data protected?
The Isilon system is not backed up to a separate location. To be safe, you should keep copies of important files in other locations as well, such as on your personal device or in web-based file storage systems like Google Drive and Box. Isilon does use snapshots, which saves past versions of files in case of accidental deletion or loss--this is not failsafe, however, and you should not rely on it.
Can I access Bin from off-campus or over the web?
Bin can only be accessed while on the Emerson campus network. Faculty and Staff can access Bin off-campus when using a VPN to connect to Emerson's network. Bin is not accessible by web.
I need my quota increased. Who do I contact?
If you need a larger quota for a project, please have your professor or campus organization supervisor e-mail HelpDesk@emerson.edu.
I need access to a student/professor/partner’s Bin directory. Who do I contact?
Please have both parties e-mail HelpDesk@emerson.edu, both confirming the request.