Friday, April 24, 2015

U of M will retire Netfiles in April 2016

The Twin Cities has announced the retirement of Netfiles (netfiles.umn.edu) in April 2016.

The Netfiles software and hardware are very outdated, and upgrading them will be prohibitively expensive. Since the University offers other storage options (Google Drive, Active Directory, etc.) it is in the best interests of the University to retire Netfiles. Please plan over the next 12 months to migrate your files off Netfiles to other locations.

We recognize that retiring Netfiles doesn’t just mean moving files. In some cases, this also means changing other things. For example, you may have your CV on Netfiles, or your department may link to forms available on Netfiles. (In both cases, it is possible to share a document or form via Google Docs so that you can link to it from a website.) The Twin Cities is letting us know about the Netfiles service retirement early in the planning process so that you can have the time you need to prepare.

At this time, no action is necessary—we just ask that you find time over the next year to transition your data out of Netfiles.

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