In most cases the answer to this question is yes. However, backing up from home for most users will require use of the University VPN, which will see much greater usage than ever before whilst a large number of University members are working off campus. We therefore urge you, having read the rest of this section, to use this valuable resource responsibly and only back up when really necessary.
Whether you can back up from home depends on your account type and your internet connection. You need:
- A desktop / laptop class account. Most of our users have this, but there are other account types also, which are mostly used only by IT staff (server, large server, VE, and archive). You can check which type of account you have via the HFS Portal. On the summary tab, check that the line beginning Server/service contains the phrase Desktop/laptop backup service.
- A connection to the University network over VPN.
Do not attempt to back up any large amount of data, or indeed you whole machine, as this will fail. An IT Services VPN connection has restricted bandwidth and will not support large data uploads. Please ensure that you back up only essential data. You can do this by making sure you backup only those exact files that you wish to back up.
You should also ensure that scheduled backups do not run over VPN, as these by default attempt to back up your whole machine. You can do this by removing your scheduled backup slot.