Emerson IT Help Desk

What is Isilon/Bin and how do I connect to it?

The EMC Isilon, also known as "Bin" at Emerson, is a network storage system for video editing in VMA and Journalism, as well as departments and organizations with large files or network video editing needs. It was purchased in Summer 2010. The cluster can be contacted at bin.emerson.edu.

 

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, and if the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will be presented with a number of shares to connect to.

How to Connect from Windows

Open a Run prompt or Explorer and type \\bin.emerson.edu. Authenticate, and if the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will be presented with a number of shares to connect to.

 

What the Shares Are

All Faculty and Staff Home Directories - Mount to view the personal directories of Faculty and Staff that you have access to.

All Students Home Directories - Mount to view the personal directories of Students that you have access to.

Avid Workshops - Contains shared footage for use during an Avid training workshop.

Departments - Contains large file archival data for specific departments.

Editing Courses - Contains shared footage for VMA Editing Courses, designated by course code and professor.

Faculty and Staff - If you are a Faculty or Staff member, mount this share to mount your 500GB home directory. Unless requested, only you have access to this directory.

Organizations - Contains large video files and archive 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, mount this share to mount your 120GB home directory. Unless requested, only you have access to this directory.

 

Available Spaces

The Isilon is available for live video editing in classroom, office, and lab spaces in the following locations:

TRF Offices on Floor 2 of 120 Boylston Street (Walker Building)

Floor 4 of 120 Boylston Street (Walker Building)

Floor 6 of 120 Boylston Street (Walker Building)

Floor 8 of 10 Boylston Place (Tufte Building)

Floor 1 of 180 Tremont Street (Ansin Building)

Digital Film Suites on Floor 6 of 180 Tremont Street (Ansin Building)

Floor 7 of 180 Tremont Street (Ansin Building)

Floor 8 of 180 Tremont Street (Ansin Building)

Floors 1 through 5 of 555 Washington (Paramount Building)

Note that the Isilon can still be contacted from all spaces across campus, but not all spaces have the wiring necessary for high-speed video editing.

 

Common Questions

Is the Isilon system backed up? Is my data protected?

Data on the Isilon system is currently NOT backed up to a separate location. However, data is protected by the file system across the 360 drives with N2:1 data protection. The system also uses snapshots, saving past versions of files to protect against accidental deletion or file loss.

Can I access the system from off-campus or over the web? What about over FTP?

The Isilon is only accessible on campus in designated locations. It is not accessible by web or by FTP.

I need my quota increased for a project (BFA, MFA, Practicum, etc.). Who do I contact?

Please have your professor or campus organization submit a request at it.emerson.edu/help.

I need access to my student/professor/partner's Isilon directory, or I need a special directory or share set up. Who do I contact?

Please submit a request at it.emerson.edu/help.

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