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BUfiles is Butler provided network storage for all faculty, staff, and students that is available from anywhere. You can request additional space by contacting the Help Desk. IT STRONGLY recommends that faculty and staff store their Butler files on BUfiles!

BUfiles Features

  • 2 GB of personal space
  • Reliable and secure
  • Backed up daily
  • Access your files from anywhere

Access BUfiles on Campus


Butler Windows Computers

All Butler Windows computers automatically connect your personal BUfiles (H:) at login. Your can access your BUfiles space by clicking the Start button > My Computer and selecting the H: drive.

Non-Butler Windows Computers
  1. Ensure your computer is connected to the Butler network
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Windows 7: Click the Start button, right-click My Computer, and select Map Network Drive.
    • Windows 8: On the Start screen, type the word Computer. Right-click on the Computer icon. Then click Map network drive.
  3. A window will open. From the drop down menu next to Drive select H:
  4. In the Folder line, type \\bufiles\user\username (replacing 'username' with your Butler username (e.g. \\bufiles\user\jdoe))
  5. Select the box for reconnect at login and click Finish
  6. A window may open asking for your credentials
  7. Enter "BUTLER\yourusername" and your password
  8. This will connect to your BUfiles folder and reconnect it every time you start your computer on-campus


Butler Mac Computers

All Butler Mac computers automatically connect your personal BUfiles at login. Your can access your BUfiles space by double clicking the User Share mounted on your desktop.  If your Mac was not connected to our network at login follow the Non-Butler Mac instructions below.

Non-Butler Mac Computers
  1. Ensure your computer is connected to the Butler network
  2. Click on Finder
  3. Click "Go" in the Top Menu Bar and click "Connect to Server"
  4. Type Bufiles in the address bar and click "Connect"
  5. Enter your username and password and click "Connect"

Access BUfiles from Off Campus

Faculty and Staff using a Butler owned laptop: use AnyConnect.

Students, faculty and staff using a personal device: use BUanywhere (Work From Anywhere option)


Access Other Files on the Network

Macintosh: Mounting Servers in OS X

  1. In the Finder, click Go and select Connect to Server…
  2. Type the path to the server resource you need to access and click Connect
    • For example, to access a departmental share on BUfiles, enter "smb://bufiles/Group/foldername" (without quotes, substitute the proper folder name, path is cAsE sEnSiTiVe) into the "Server Address" field:
    • To access your personal folder on BUfiles, enter "smb://bufiles/User/username" (without quotes, substitute your username, path is cAsE sEnSiTiVe) into the "Server Address" field:
    • To access items that reside on a Windows server, be sure to preface the server address with "smb://". For example, to access a share on Thomas, you would enter "smb://Thomas/sharename" (without quotes, substitute the proper share name) into the "Server Address" field:
  3. The authentication dialog will appear. Enter your Butler username and password, and then Connect
  4. The share will be mounted in the Finder. The share will appear in different ways depending on which server you are accessing
    • If you are accessing an item on BUfiles, you will see a generic share (such as "User" or "Group") on your desktop: The folder or user name that you entered in the "Server Address" field will open in the Finder, allowing you to access your files (please note that if you accidentally close this window, you can quickly access it again by opening the "Go" menu in the finder and choosing it from the list of Recent Folders. This is preferable to opening the top-level share, which could result in a delay as the finder displays the entire folder list.
    • If you are accessing an item on a Windows server, the share that you specified in the server address field will appear on your desktop. The share name that you specified will also open in the finder, allowing you to access your files
  5. You now should be able to access servers at Butler. If you have any further questions, please contact the Help Desk.

Windows: Mapping Network Drives

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Windows 7: Right-click the My Computer icon, located on either the Desktop or the Start Menu, and select Map Network Drive…
    • Windows 8: Right-click on the This PC icon, located by searching for computer. Then click Map network drive.
  2. From the Map Network Drive window select a letter that you would like the server to be assigned from the Drive list.. Although the drive letter is arbitrary, there are some conventions used at Butler as follows:
    • H: \\bufiles\user\username for faculty, staff and students
    • T: \\\username
    • W: \\\www
  3. For the Folder field, type in the server and folder, as directed in step 2
  4. Ensure the Reconnect at logon box is checked. After the fields have been filled in click Finish
  5. Enter BUTLER\your Butler username (e.g., BUTLER\jdoe) and password in the window that appears
  6. Verify that your network drive appears in My Computer. If you require assistance, please contact the Help Desk


Additional Storage on BUfiles

  • Additional personal storage space can be requested by contacting the Help Desk.
  • Course-related documents can be stored in \\bufiles\general\courses. If you would like to have a folder created for your course, contact the Help Desk.
  • Departments also have folders in \\bufiles\group where members can securely store data.

Backing Up Non-Butler or Extremely Large Files to an External Hard Drive

Sometimes BUfiles is not the best place to store files. Extremely large files can be hard to work with over the network and might be better suited for backup to an external hard drive. Additionally, personal files including iTunes libraries should not be backed up to BUfiles.

  • To back up your iTunes library to an external hard disk see this page from Apple.
  • To back up any other files to an external hard disk simply connect the drive to your computer and drag the files to the disk.

Video and Rich Media Files

Depending on your workflow, solutions other than BUfiles and/or external hard drives may better suit your needs. Use the Recommended Solutions Grid to help identify the critical needs in your video workflow and which solutions may best address those needs.