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Help and Support

Two Ways to Get a Sneak Peak at the New QShare!


The current version of QShare (6.0) will be upgraded this month to QShare 7.2. This upgrade is planned for Sunday, June 26, and will primarily affect those who access QShare using the web interface. If you would like a sneak peak at what the upgraded QShare will look like, you may 1) come to our QShare 7.2 Demo Session, and     2) check out the QShare 7.2 test environment.


1. QShare 7.2 Demo Session


ITServices is hosting a preview and demonstration of QShare 7.2 this Thursday, June 16th , from 10:00-11:00 am in the Mackintosh-Corry B176 Lecture Theatre. Everyone is welcome; no registration required.



2. QShare 7.2 Test Environment


Logging in to the Test Environment


You can access the QShare 7.2 test environment by navigating to and logging in with your NetID and password. (Note: When you go to this web address, you may get a message from your web browser indicating that there is an issue with the security certificate. This is because you are logging in to a non-production environment, and is not a cause for concern.)


One of the changes being implemented with this upgrade is that QShare is becoming a Single Sign-On (SSO) service. This means that the new QShare login screen will look different from the current one. It also means that when you log in to QShare 7.2, you will also be logging in to other SSO’d applications such as Queen’s Webmail and the MyQueensU portal. For more information about the impacts of SSO, please visit the webpage on Single Sign-On Implications for End Users.


Additional Information


Please bear in mind the following when exploring the test environment:

  1. The data in the test environment  was copied over from the current QShare at the beginning of April. It is not up-to-date.
  2. Any changes you make in this environment will not be saved when the new version goes live, so make sure you do all your “real” QShare work at
  3. Others on campus will also be accessing the test environment, so be mindful of any permission changes you make. The data in the test environment is real Queen’s data, so don’t mistakenly give unauthorized people access to sensitive information!

New Feature – Enhanced Searching


In addition to becoming an SSO service, QShare 7.2 offers enhanced search functionality. In the current QShare, you can do name searches for files and folders and content searches within .txt and .html files. In QShare 7.2, the search functionality has been enhanced such that the content of all files can be searched.


Supporting Materials


ITServices has prepared a video called Welcome to QShare 7.2 to orient users to the look and feel of the new QShare. You are encouraged to view this video to help familiarize yourself with the new web interface. In addition, online tutorials for QShare 7.2 will be available at the time of go-live.


Help & Support


If you have any questions about the test environment, please fill out this online help form:

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