Aalto Windows Quick guide

Aalto Windows workstations are comprised of many services: there is Windows itself, different storage services, networks, collaboration services, software delivery, printing, etc. This page will give you an overview of the big picture.

Aalto Home directory

  • Personal directory created automatically for every Aalto user
  • Home directory can be accessed through Z: drive in Windows
  • Desktop and Documents folders are redirected to Home directory and on Windows laptops, they are available while offline. Check the guide on offline synchronization.
  • Aalto Home directory has File History enabled so you can restore previous versions of lost, modified or deleted files and folders.

Work directories (network drive)

  • Work directories are created for a specific team / group / purpose
  • Work directories can be accessed with these instructions.


  • Everyone in Aalto has OneDrive account with at least 5TB (5000 GB) quota
  • OneDrive has File History too, so you can restore previous versions of files and folders
  • OneDrive will log you in automatically in Aalto Windows computers and it can be accessed from the File Explorer, all Office apps and through most save dialogs.


  • Wireless networks on campus
    • There are three wireless networks on campus. On Aalto Windows, you should always use aalto (SSID: aalto) as it will give you access to your department’s network
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network)
    • VPN gives you secure remote access to Aalto network while working outside of the campus. AnyConnect VPN client is preinstalled in Aalto Windows laptops

Email, calendar, instant messaging and collaboration

  • Email and calendar can be accessed with ease using Microsoft Outlook. Other clients are not recommended.
  • Use Microsoft Teams for your instant messaging and collaboration needs

Multifactor Authentication (MFA, 2FA)

  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA, 2FA) is a method of confirming user’s identity with two or more pieces (mobile app) of evidence when signing on to a system or a service.
  • How to take into use


  • Check the self-service portal if you need some additional software. There are over 300 apps ready to install with Aalto licenses and/or configuration.
  • For your other software needs, please check the guide


  • Every Aalto Windows workstation has SecurePrint configured automatically

Cyber Security

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