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.
GS Drive for Students
Using GS Drive in vLab, on Lab Computers, and on Personal PCs
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.
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.
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. Please check out our guide:
GS Drive Guide for Students
GS Drive for Faculty & Staff
Using GS Drive on the Desktop
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. At present, there is no Kumo client available for Mac OS X.
GS Drive Guide for Faculty & Staff
GS Drive for Tech Staff
Using GS Drive in vDesk
Using Kumo to connect Google Drive to your vDesk session is very much the same as the student set-up for vLab.
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.
GS Drive Guide for Tech Staff
Need further assistance? Our MyTechSupport staff are trained on the ins and outs of GS Drive. Please contact us by calling (912) 478-2287 or by using any of our other contact methods.
Last updated: 1/16/2018