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GS Drive powered by Kumo – Cloud Storage Connector

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What is GS Drive?

GS Drive powered by Kumo is a service that allows direct access to your cloud storage accounts. GS Drive is powered by Kumo, software written by Indiana University IT, to connect your vLab session, a lab computer, or your own PC to one of four supported cloud storage services: Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, and Dropbox. It treats cloud storage as local disk drives, making it easier to get to all your data.

GS Drive powered by Kumo allows you to save your data in your own personal cloud storage space so that you can have access to it at any time and any place as long as you have an internet connection. Once you get it set up, you’ll have drive letters like U: and V: that behave just like your PC’s drive C: except that drive U:, for example, will be directed to your own Google Drive space. You can load files and save files, create folders, and anything else that you would normally do with a disk drive on a PC.

You will see references to Kumo in the instructions below because that is the name of the software that is the basis of the GS Drive service.

Students: Using GS Drive in vLab, on Lab Computers, and on Personal PCs

NOTE: While you can proceed without setting up Kumo in vLab, remember that any files you save within your session will not be retained after you end the session.

To start using GS Drive in vLab or on your personal PC (it’s already loaded on lab computers), you will need to set up Kumo. This will allow you to link your Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box cloud storage to your vLab account and have on-the-go access to files.

These instructions use Google Drive as the example. You can set up the other cloud-storage services, if you’re a subscriber, in a similar fashion.

How To Set It Up:

  1. You can set up your online storage in a couple of ways
    • The very first time you connect to vLab you will get a pop-up prompt to set up your storage. It looks like this:
      Kumo Setup Prompt window

    • OR

    • Visit kumo.georgiasouthern.edutheir
  2. Press the “Log-in” button.
  3. Log-in using your Georgia Southern E-mail address information.
  4. Select “Google Drive” option.
  5. Press the “Authorize” button.
  6. Sign-in to Gmail using Georgia Southern E-mail information. It will direct you to MyGeorgiaSouthern.
  7. Sign-in using your MyGeorgiaSouthern information.
  8. Press “Allow” when prompted. (Note: This allows Kumo to access your Google Drive account.)

Kumo is now setup. The next time you start a MyDevice connection, you will see your Google Drive.

 

Technical Staff: Using Kumo in vDesk

Using Kumo to connect Google Drive to your vDesk session is very much the same as the student set-up for vLab.

NOTE 1: you will have to do this only ONCE. Once you have authorized Kumo for your Georgia Southern ID you will not have to authorize it again, whether in vDesk, vLab (if available), or using the Kumo client on your Windows desktop.

How To Set It Up:

  1. You can set up your online storage in a couple of ways
    • The very first time you connect to vDesk (if you haven’t already authorized Kumo in some other application), you will get a pop-up prompt to set up your storage. It looks like this:
      Kumo Setup Prompt window

    • OR

    • Visit kumo.georgiasouthern.edutheir and follow these steps:
      1. Press the “Log-in” button.
      2. Log-in using your Georgia Southern credentials.
      3. Select “Google Drive” option.
      4. Press the “Authorize” button.
      5. Sign-in to using your Georgia Southern credentials. It will direct you to the CAS sign-in.
      6. Sign-in using your MyGeorgiaSouthern information.
      7. Press “Allow” when prompted. (Note: This allows Kumo to access your Google Drive account.)

 

Kumo is now setup. The next time you start a vDesk session, you will have access to Google Drive.

Faculty/Staff: Using Kumo on the Desktop

NOTE 1: at present (May 31, 2016) there is no Kumo client available for Mac OS X. We will update this guide when it is released by Indiana University.

If you already have the client on your desktop, there is no need for you to follow these set up steps. You may skip to the “Authorize Kumo” section.

How To Set It Up:

  1. From the Windows desktop, click Windows Start
    Windows Start Icon
  2. Search for Software Center
    Software Center Kumo Client
  3. Click the Kumo Client.
  4. On the following installation screen, click “Install.”
  5. When installation is complete you may close Software Center.
  6. On the Windows Desktop, click the Windows Start icon again.
  7. Click All Programs and scroll down until you see “Kumo,” click on the “Kumo” folder to locate the Kumo Client (or search for “Kumo Client” in the search box).
  8. Click on “Kumo Client.”
Authorize Kumo

If this is the first time you’ve used Kumo, you will need to authorize it to connect to your Google Drive. To do so, follow these steps:

  • When you run the Kumo client for the first time, a small window will appear in the lower right corner of the screen.
    Kumo Setup Prompt window

  • OR if the pop-up window does not appear:

  • Visit kumo.georgiasouthern.edutheir and follow these steps:
    1. Press the “Log-in” button.
    2. Log-in using your Georgia Southern credentials.
    3. Select “Google Drive” option.
    4. Press the “Authorize” button.
    5. Sign-in to using your Georgia Southern credentials. It will direct you to the CAS sign-in.
    6. Sign-in using your MyGeorgiaSouthern information.
    7. Press “Allow” when prompted. (Note: This allows Kumo to access your Google Drive account.)
After Successful Installation
  • You should see a new drive letter in File Explorer. The target letter for this new drive is “W:” but it may be a different letter depending on your unique system.
  • If the new drive letter is not visible, restart your computer as a first step. If it is still not visible, please contact your department’s Technical Specialist.

Last updated: 3/14/2017