UW Central Shared File Service

Service Description

UW Central Shared File Service (SFS) provides UW-managed campus file storage that is available to Faculty and Staff.  It provides shareable storage, suitable for smaller storage needs, with the following features:

  • CIFS/SMB access from UW campus subnets.  (Can also be accessed via the VPN Service, which provides remote systems with a UW campus IP address.
  • SFTP access from any internet location.
  • User self-service file restores via “snapshots”
  • Disaster recovery backups in two geographically separate regions (Seattle and Spokane).  Per-file restores from tape are not available.
  • Easy allocations of additional space as demand requires.
  • Access controlled via UW NetIDs and UW Groups

Permissions are limited to Read/Write for a single group per folder, full granular ACLs are not supported currently.


UW faculty; UW staff; UW researchers; UW clinicians; UW academic units; UW administrative units; UW Medical Center; Harborview Medical Center; requires a valid UW budget number

How to Order

Email help@uw.edu or call 206-221-5000.


The UW Central Shared File Service is intended to be available at any time; brief outages may occur for maintenance or server problems.


Type of Service Cost Per
File Storage $0.25 GB per Month

Charges may appear on your Technology Services & Equipment bill as a "MWS File Services".

Note: Discontinuing services means customers who wish to retain content will have to migrate it. We can help with that at MWS Consulting rates.


Service Level Description

UW-IT responds to problem reports in one to four hours; response can be escalated if there is a critical problem. Our goal is always to minimize user downtime by responding as quickly as possible.

Additional Information

This service is considered FERPA compliant by the UW Registrar's office (due to the process used for data release), but has had no other formal third party data security or privacy compliance audits.

Intended to provide basic storage for small storage needs. For low cost, large-scale file services, please consider the Standard Windows File Service (WFS).

To setup, email help@uw.edu and reference "SFS" in the subject line. Assistance with this service is provided via consulting services.

Support Information

Support is provided by the UW Information Technology Service Center.

Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Email: help@uw.edu
Phone: 206-221-5000
Online: Send us a question
In-person: Walk-in locations


Last Review Date: 09/08/2017