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The Basics – people.bu.edu FAQs

  1. How soon will my space be available after I sign up?
  2. Is there a way to give multiple people administrator access to a group page on the people.bu.edu server?
  3. Can I restrict access to my pages?
  4. How much space do I get?
  5. How do I determine how much disk space I’ve used in my people.bu.edu site?
  6. Can I apply for more space?
  7. How do I remove files from my directory?
  8. Is my site backed up?
  9. My status changed recently from student to staff. What do I do to get my name listed in the staff index?
  10. How long does my people.bu.edu site remain active?
  11. Can you migrate my site from people.bu.edu to blogs.bu.edu?
  1. How soon will my space be available after I sign up?

    Your people.bu.edu account will be created within 30 minutes after you sign up. You will be notified by email.

  2. Is there a way to give multiple people administrator access to a group page on the people.bu.edu server?

    The login name for a site on people.bu.edu matches the name of the directory in the address of the site (for example, “inline” for http://people.bu.edu/inline/). As long as that login name belongs to a group account (instead of an individual’s personal account), the login name and password is safe to share among approved web contributors. Unlike individual BU usernames, the username for a group page will not provide access to any individual’s confidential information and therefore poses no breach of security – provided that distribution is limited to authorized contributors.

  3. Can I restrict access to my pages?

    Yes. All pages are viewable by anyone in the world unless you take the necessary steps to restrict access. See Restricting Access to Selected Web Content.

  4. How much space do I get?

    Students, staff, and groups on people.bu.edu receive 4MB of disk space. Faculty receive 6MB.

  5. How do I determine how much disk space I’ve used in my people.bu.edu site?

    The disk quota for your people.bu.edu site is independent of any other quotas you have for accounts or directories at BU. The MyACS utility allows you to see your quota and the current usage. There is also a link to request an increase if necessary.

  6. Can I apply for more space?

    You can request more space for academic purposes online or visit the IT Help Center at 533 Commonwealth Avenue  to request additional space in person.

  7. How do I remove files from my directory?

    To remove files from your directory, you can connect to your directory with an FTP program (such as Fetch on Mac, or AbsoluteFTP on Windows), highlight the file you want to delete, and choose the delete file option from the program menu. If you are accessing your directory via Telnet, type the command:
    rm filename
    where filename is the full name of the file you want to remove.

  8. Is my site backed up?

    Yes, we back up as a precaution against catastrophic loss. However, we can’t retrieve individual pages that you accidentally delete. We suggest you keep a backup copy of your site in a safe place, such as disks or your local hard drive.

  9. My status changed recently from student to staff. What do I do to get my name listed in the staff index?

    Nothing. The program that produces the list receives downloads of information from the Personnel and Registrar’s offices. The program will automatically change a person’s status when necessary. You don’t need to do anything. Allow 2-3 weeks for the change to take effect.

  10. How long does my people.bu.edu site remain active?

    Your site will remain active until the end of the next semester after you graduate or otherwise leave BU. For example, if you graduate at the end of Fall Semester 2011, your web site will be deactivated at the end of Spring Semester 2012.
    Student organizations will be handled according to the direction of the Student Activities Office.

  11. Can you migrate my site from people.bu.edu to blogs.bu.edu?

    IS&T certainly encourages the use of the newer blogs.bu.edu service for hosting personal sites and we will provide as much assistance as possible. However, we do not offer content migration services for sites moving from people.bu.edu to blogs.bu.edu.

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