MESA Personal Storage (mydata)

Also known as: File Storage - Personal (M: mydata)
Available to: Faculty & Staff

Service Summary

The Mason Enterprise Services Architecture (MESA) is the university’s information technology infrastructure that provides file services and storage, desktop management, and enhanced desktop security.

All faculty and staff are allocated 10 GB of data storage on the MESA network drive (M: mydata) which can be accessed from office computers by clicking on My Computer and then the MESA network drive.

How to Get this Service

Your MESA account is created automatically.

Accessing your account requires a Mason NetID and password. To set your password, go to the Patriot Pass Password Management web site.

To access your personal storage space on the MESA system from a computer that is part of the MESA domain, follow these instructions:

Windows Computer:

  • Log in to your computer
  • Click on My Computer
  • Click on the MESA network drive
  • Click on the M: mydata folder

Macintosh OS X Computer:

  • Log in to your computer
  • In Finder, under the "Go" menu, select "Connect to server…"
  • In the pop-up window, enter "smb://"
  • When prompted, enter your Mason NetID and password

UNIX/Linux Computer:

  • Mount –t cifs // /mnt/mesa –o "userid=yournetid,domain=MESA"
  • When prompted, enter your Mason password

There is no charge for this service.

Getting Help

Assistance for all IT Services is available through the ITS Support Center:

Phone: 703-993-8870
Fax: 703-993-3347
Online: Submit a Request
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Walk-in Support
Fairfax Campus*:
Innovation Hall, Room 226
(*closed Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for team meetings)

Additional Information

New MESA accounts are established within three working days of a new employee being hired or a new student enrolling at the university, as reflected in the Human Resources or Student Records systems respectively.

Last modified date: September 2, 2014