Google’s Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drives files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.  It will look and function similar to a mapped network drive on your Mac/PC.

Demystifying the Google Tools:

  • Drive – all VCU users access Drive via their web browser to create, share, and store documents, sheets, forms, etc.
  • Drive File Stream – a new desktop application made for the enterprise.
  • Drive for Mac/PC – an installed application some users may be using to sync Drive files locally. It was intended for home use and is being decommissioned by Google and support will stop on December 11, 2017.
  • Google Backup and Sync – a replacement for Drive for Mac/PC. It also is an installed application used to sync Drive files locally and is intended for home use. With the launch of Drive File Stream, Backup and Sync will no longer be available at VCU after December 20, 2017. 
  • Team Drive – a shared space for teams to work that is not currently available at VCU.  It will be available at VCU in the spring semester.  (More on this in future posts!)

How do I get it?

Windows users – please put in a ticket with School of Nursing IT if you want Google File Stream installed.  Mac users – Google File Stream is available from the School of Nursing Managed Software Center.  Access it from this icon on your dock:

VCU SON Managed Software Center Icon

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