OneDrive for Business (OneDrive) is a service of Office 365 (the university's email system) and provides for 1TB of cloud-based storage. OneDrive is your professional document library. OneDrive uses Office 365 to store Mason-related files in the cloud making it easy to access your files and collaborate from anywhere and from multiple devices. It is fully supported by the ITS Support Center and can be accessed through your Office 365 for employees or your MasonLive Student account for students.
Data stored within OneDrive is not backed up by George Mason University. Account holders are responsible for backing up their own data and preserving copies of important files.
- File storage space of 1TB.
- Create and edit Microsoft Office documents from a web browser using Office Online—no additional software is needed!
- Collaborate on a Microsoft Office document in real-time with your colleague using Office Online.
- Synchronize of your files so you always have access to the latest version.
- Access files from anywhere using a web browser or mobile device—no need to connect to the VPN and map the M Drive.
- Share files with your colleagues inside and outside the Mason community.
- Email someone a OneDrive file with no limit to the size (no hitting the email quota limit).
Getting This Service
OneDrive accounts are automatically created at the time of email account creation.
All active employees are eligible. OneDrive access is tied to your @gmu.edu email address. You will automatically have a OneDrive account. No sign-up is necessary. When you stop working at George Mason University, you will no longer be able to access your Office 365 employee account, including One Drive. (It is your responsibility to transfer any work files to your department before you leave.)
Note: Retirees, Affiliates, Contractors, and Generic Accounts are not eligible for this service.
All current students are eligible. OneDrive access is tied to your @masonlive.gmu.edu email address. You will automatically have a OneDrive account. No sign-up is necessary. When you stop taking classes at George Mason University, your OneDrive access will end.
On the Web
On Your Desktop
If you are using Windows 10, OneDrive is part of the operating system and can be accessed via File Explorer.
Via the Sync App
With the OneDrive sync app, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere, including your mobile device.
This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.
Looking for more information or training on OneDrive for Business? Both Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning offer a wide selection of free instructional guides, videos, and additional resources to help you get started. These materials are hosted outside of George Mason University.
Microsoft offers a wide selection of instructional guides, videos, and additional resources to help you get started using the OneDrive for Business. (These materials are hosted by Microsoft, Inc.):
You can log in via LinkedIn Learning using your NetID and Patriot Pass Password. Some recommendations include:
Users of OneDrive are responsible for all activity on their accounts, including password resets and abuse, and must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.
Employee Security Bulletin
This service is intended for work-related public use data only. The university Data Stewardship Policy defines data classified for public use. Users are responsible for understanding and complying with this policy. For more information about data usage and classifications, reference the following:
- Standards for data storage and collaboration
- Data Stewardship Policy 1114
- Data Usage and Public Use vs. Protected Data
Student Security Bulletin
This service is intended for school-related data only. Use the same discretion you use when sharing information through any online medium. Users are responsible for understanding and complying with the university Data Stewardship Policy. For more information about data usage and classifications, please reference the following: