Faculty & Staff Windows Home Directories

  • Faculty and staff receive a network-accessible online file storage allocation from CAEN called a Windows Home Directory.
  • When using CAEN’s Engineering Base Desktop (EBD), files saved to the Windows Desktop or Documents folders are automatically stored in your Windows Home Directory.
  • These files can also be accessed directly via the N: network drive on all computers running the EBD.
  • Files that are created or updated have read-only backups made on a regular basis to enable easy file recovery.


Faculty and staff receive a Windows Home Directory when they are granted a full CAEN Account to support their use of the EBD for Windows. Both faculty and staff allocations are provisioned using ITS MiStorage, so stored files have backup copies made on a regular basis. These copies, called snapshots, enable easy access to file recovery. The maximum quota for a Windows Home Directory is 50 GB, and cannot be increased.

In addition to CAEN Windows Home Directories, there are many campus storage options available to faculty and staff, such as U-M Google Drive and U-M Box. These all provide an easy-to-use and consistent way to store and access files. CAEN recommends the use of these online file storage options over a computer’s local disk, or even removable media like thumb drives, which can be lost, stolen, or simply fail.

Note: Do not delete the windat.V2 folder in your Windows Home Directory This is where your Windows Desktop and Documents folders are stored when using an EBD computer.

How to Access your Windows Home Directory

For more information on accessing the files stored in your Windows Home Directory, refer to our knowledge base.