Moving personal Novell files to Box

UD has purchased Box to replace Novell file storage, the tool UD has historically used for secure, enterprise file storage. Access to Novell file storage will be removed on June 1, 2021 and this content will no longer be available. Move personal Novell content you’d like to keep no later than May 31, 2021. Learn more about Box and UD’s transition plans in this article about Box at UD

Moving files from your personal Novell drive to Box

Files stored in your personal Novell drive won’t be accessible starting June 1. Look through what’s there and move what you’d like to keep no later than May 31, 2021. The short videos below provide instructions on downloading files from Novell and uploading them to Box.

UDit will also be hosting monthly Open Labs to answer any questions you might have about moving your personal Novell data to Box. See for more information.

Tips for moving files from Novell to Box

If you're moving personal Novell files into Box, be aware of the following:

  • Accessing Novell will be easier if you're on your campus computer, because you can use the "file explorer" interface for Novell rather than the web interface ( If you're working from home, you can simulate working from a campus computer by using UD's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
  • Downloading files from Novell and uploading them into Box will likely be quicker on the campus network than from your home. If you have a large number of files to move, consider doing this from campus. 
  • File names in Box have a 255 character limit and do not allow some special characters
  • Confirm your files landed in Box successfully by checking that you  have the same number of files and opening a few in Box.
  • Once you've successfully transferred your file content from Novell to Box, delete any files you may have saved to your computer desktop during this process. 

Questions? Reach out to the UDit Service Center or your unit’s IT support team. We hope you find this new tool useful to your work at UD!

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