Introduction to Network Computing


I. Logging On To the Network

  1. Press Spacebar to "wake up" computer.  Use mouse to bring cursor into Username field and backspace out any previous user's i.d. At "Novell Client" screen, type in your user name = first initial of first name + entire last name (i.e. jdoe)

  2. Move cursor to Password field and type in your password. Note: the first time you log on, skip the password step and just click OK.  You will be prompted to set a password.   A password can be anything you want as long as it’s at least 5 characters long.  It can be a combination of letters and symbols, or just letters.  Pick something that is easy to remember, but not obvious (i.e. “leroy” & “password” are not good choices)

  3. Click on OK box.

  4. In Windows Networking box, click No.

  5. The Set Windows Password box will appear,

  6. Click in New Password box and backspace out the "*"s.  Next click on OK.

  7. (NOTE: Do not click Cancel when the screen appears saying "Connecting to LPT1.  This screen appears and disappears on its own.)

  8. This brings you to the "Start" screen.

  9. Click on the Start button.

  10. Move the cursor to Programs so that it is highlighted.

  11. Select a program that you want to use.



II. Saving a File


When you want to save a file, you have two choices.  You can save it to a floppy disk (available in the lab) or to your network drive. Files saved into a network folder are backed up every evening, can be restored if they are lost, and accessible from ANY MACHINE in the District.  We encourage teachers to save all of their files to their network directory.  To do this: 


  1. Create a file in any software application (i.e. MS Word)

  2. When you are ready to save, select File, Save As.  This will bring you into a directory system where you will need to select where you want to save your file and also name your file.


  1. At the top of the screen, you will see a box marked Save In.  Click on the arrow to the right of that box. A hierarchy of drives/folders will appear.  Find the drive with your username (i.e. jdoe on Leroy_inst\…..).  Highlight that drive and click. This is your network drive where you should save all of your files. The name of that drive should now be in the box after Save In.

  2. At the bottom of the directory box, you will see a line marked File name:.  This is where you type the name of your file.

  3.  Click Save.

  4.  This will save that document/file into your network directory.

  5.  Note: the next time you log in, this file will appear on your desktop (monitor screen).  Your desktop is a type of shortcut to your network directory.  You can access files from your desktop by just double clicking on the one you want. 


III. Using E-Mail

User Name: First initial + last name (i.e. jdoe)

Password: email1

Your e-mail address is:


I. All of your e-mail will be handled through the Edutech web site.  This is where you will go to not only check your mail, but also to generate new mail.  The first thing you will want to do is change your password.  To do:


1.Log onto a computer.

2.Go to:

3.Click on GVMail. The inner frame will change.

4.Click on the words: Change your password.

5.Follow the on-screen directions.


II. After doing this, you must set your user configuration.  To do:


1.Click the Back button until you reach the main screen.

2.Select Check your e-mail.

3.Log-in using the user name and your new password.

4.Select Options.

5.Type in your name.

6.Where it says “Default reply address”, add: to the end of your user name (after the @ sign).

7.Click on Save Config.


NOTE: You only need to set your configuration the first time you access your e-mail.


III. To read and send mail in general:

1.Go to Edutech site.

2.Click on GVMail.

3.Click Check your e-mail.

4.To read mail, double click on the subject of the message.  Your message will pop up.

5.Use the Return to mail list button to go back to choices.


IV. To generate new mail:

1.Click on the New button.

2.Type to person’s complete e-mail address in the To: box.

3.Include a subject on the Subject: line.

4.Type your message.

5.Click Send.


V. To delete old messages:Your messages will stay on the server until you delete them. In general, it is good etiquette to delete messages you will no longer need.  It is okay to keep those you may want to refer back to.


1.      On the mail list, check the boxes of the messages you want to delete.

2.      Click on the Delete button to erase these messages.


VI. Other tips:
You can use the “address book” to keep the addresses of commonly used addresses.  This site will also automatically add a person’s address to your address book when you receive a message from them. 


To reply to a message that someone has sent you, after reading his or her message, simply hit reply.  A box will pop up with their original message in it.  Click on the first line of the box and hit enter a couple of times.  This will advance the message down. You can then begin to type your reply in the space.  In general, most people keep on original message attached to a reply so that the user can remember the gist of the conversation.  If it gets too long however, delete it before replying. 



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