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We have been using Goole Apps for Education for a number of years now, and implemented password synchronization to work among Google accounts, LDAP and Active Directory some time ago. So far, so good. Using SSO, oauth2, CAS/SAML -- something -- our goal would be when students log onto our lab Windows 7 instances, that their Google Drives would automatically and transparently get mapped. Has anyone implemented such a mechanism who'd be willing to share details on how this was accomplished? Thanks much in advance, --Tobias Tobias Kreidl NAU/Information Technology Services Flagstaff AZ 86011 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Hi.

We use drive shield on the computer discs in the labs so that would mean every student's drive would re sync at every login potentially up to 30gig.  Since they have the web interface the local drive is not really needed.

Would be interesting to know if someone does allow that config for students in labs.

Ck

On Nov 20, 2013 5:54 PM, "Tobias Kreidl" <tobias.kreidl@nau.edu> wrote:
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We have been using Goole Apps for Education for a number of years now,
and implemented password synchronization to work among Google accounts,
LDAP and Active Directory some time ago. So far, so good. Using SSO,
oauth2, CAS/SAML -- something -- our goal would be when students log
onto our lab Windows 7 instances, that their Google Drives would
automatically and transparently get mapped.  Has anyone implemented such
a mechanism who'd be willing to share details on how this was accomplished?

Thanks much in advance,
--Tobias

Tobias Kreidl
NAU/Information Technology Services
Flagstaff AZ 86011

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Hi, Charles:
We would definitely not want to put the automatic sync in place, as we provide way less local space and would rather do our own one-way, selective sync from what the student stress already on our mapped drive to their Google Drive. It also would eat a huge amount of bandwidth.

The main thought is to avoid the extra authentication step in the drive mapping, as all the credentials are already in flow so it should certainly be possible. The Web process has to be done manually, plus then doesn't show up as a mapped drive so you have to use the browser for any drag-and-drop operations.

I'm also talking to Indiana University what they dom as big users of cloud storage for their students.
Thanks,
--Tobias

On 11/20/2013 4:04 PM, Charles Kulins wrote:

Hi.

We use drive shield on the computer discs in the labs so that would mean every student's drive would re sync at every login potentially up to 30gig.  Since they have the web interface the local drive is not really needed.

Would be interesting to know if someone does allow that config for students in labs.

Ck

On Nov 20, 2013 5:54 PM, "Tobias Kreidl" <tobias.kreidl@nau.edu> wrote:
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Subject:      automatic Google Drive mapping
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We have been using Goolge Apps for Education for a number of years now,
and implemented password synchronization to work among Google accounts,
LDAP and Active Directory some time ago. So far, so good. Using SSO,
oauth2, CAS/SAML -- something -- our goal would be when students log
onto our lab Windows 7 instances, that their Google Drives would
automatically and transparently get mapped.  Has anyone implemented such
a mechanism who'd be willing to share details on how this was accomplished?

Thanks much in advance,
--Tobias

Tobias Kreidl
NAU/Information Technology Services
Flagstaff AZ 86011

**********
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Tobias,

 

I have used Webdrive (Webdrive.com) for mapping webdav and FTP.  It appears it does Google Drive as well.  Haven’t used it in years, but it worked well back in the day.

 

I am curious to hear if you come up with a solution!

 

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I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Message from gibson_brian@wheatoncollege.edu

Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


We're currently talking to Indiana University about what they are doing. I will report back more after we have a discussion with them later today.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Just to be a little more informative, because students roam from machine to machine we have the network drive for their individual local storage as synching to every lab machine is not practical.

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 1:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


To clarify, I'm talking to a number of universities as to what they do and hope to get a better feeling of how widespread this desired feature is.  It's always comforting if one finds oneself not alone in identifying needs like this.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:08 PM, Tobias Kreidl wrote:
We're currently talking to Indiana University about what they are doing. I will report back more after we have a discussion with them later today.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Tom,
We already map to a "Z" drive locally,where local preferences, roaming profiles, Web favorites and their documents are already stored. But if disaster stuck, we'd have to restore about 3.5 TB of data and around 18 million files, so having an alternative storage/backup is what we are aiming for.
--Tobias
P.S. BTW, this is done via a Samba share, as Linux deals with large numbers of files a lot better than Windows (at least perhaps until recently) and we can easily handle 500 or so concurrent mappings from a virtual Linux box.

On 11/22/2013 12:21 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
Just to be a little more informative, because students roam from machine to machine we have the network drive for their individual local storage as synching to every lab machine is not practical.

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 1:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Message from gibson_brian@wheatoncollege.edu

Hi Tom,

We do the same with our virtual desktops, we use an Active Directory Group Policy to call a login script that maps the U: drive for the user. It works really well... the problem  is the students bump up pretty quickly against their quotas so having other locations (like Google Drive) available would be really helpful. One other thing we do which is VMware View specific is we use Persona Management which hosts their Windows profile on a back end share (on a NetApp). This way, if they save any documents to places like their desktop or documents folder or if they save a web page as a favorite it moves around with them as they go from terminal to terminal.




++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 2:21 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
Just to be a little more informative, because students roam from machine to machine we have the network drive for their individual local storage as synching to every lab machine is not practical.

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 1:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Hi Tobias

When the Drive desktop tool was released, we too looked into ways to “map” it as a drive for Win/Mac lab & classroom computers, but abandoned the idea once we realized there was no was to disable the sync. 

We have the same concerns as already mentioned - mostly bandwidth used to sync (potentially) 30GB of data for each login.

It’s a shame this isn’t possible, because we could potentially replace our central student fileserver if such a feature existed.


Jesse Thomas
Network & Systems Administrator
Hamilton College ITS
315-859-4211


On Nov 22, 2013, at 2:23 PM, Tobias Kreidl <tobias.kreidl@NAU.EDU> wrote:

To clarify, I'm talking to a number of universities as to what they do and hope to get a better feeling of how widespread this desired feature is.  It's always comforting if one finds oneself not alone in identifying needs like this.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:08 PM, Tobias Kreidl wrote:
We're currently talking to Indiana University about what they are doing. I will report back more after we have a discussion with them later today.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:06 PM, Brian Gibson wrote:
Sorry if I missed something within the conversation. We use VMware View for non-persistent public workstations and it would be nice if we could map a drive letter up to a user's Google Drive folder so they can use it as pure storage (no syncing data down to the local computer). Does anyone have an elegant solution for this?

Thanks
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Brian Gibson Systems Administrator Wheaton College Are you a musician? If so visit my Arbans Online music site at http://arbansonline.com and listen & contribute On 11/22/2013 1:50 PM, Tom Peterson wrote:
We started to do this and planned to allocate the local copy (which is how they maintain performance) to our student storage drive (mapped to R: ) in our Student Computer Centers.  We realized that the synching first time would be a burden but hoped once that was accomplished subsequent synchs would be more manageable.  However, after having internal discussion concerning network and local networked storage need plus some our staff being in contact with Google it was disclosed that this was not a good implementation strategy and that they (Google) are working on this computer lab issue.  Unfortunately, and per normal, any specifics are unavailable.  Regardless, we have gone into a wait and see and hope mode...

Good luck and if someone is doing this I am sure this list is interested!

Tom
Director, ITS - User Services University of Northern Iowa 36 ITTC Building Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0522 Phone: 319-273-6460 fax: 319-273-2517 "For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711" Website: http://www.uni.edu/peterson "The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society." On 11/22/2013 4:42 AM, John Grover wrote:
I must admit that Google has disappointed me on this one.

I've tried various webDAV solutions and the greatest stumbling block for me is that there is no support for the google formatted docs. 

The presentation from Google Drive sync is perfect - but they should leave the files in the cloud (where I want them to be!)

Come on, Google!



John Grover
Director | Enterprise Computing and Application Services
University of Maine System | (207) 561-3510 (desk) | (207) 949-4208 (cell)


Jesse,
You can disable the Google Drive sync altogether, but the only sync feature is full two-way (though there are ways that could can filter the content that gets synched). Regardless, a 2-way sync would be (1) a huge additional traffic load, and (2) we provide way less space locally, so any 2-way sync would potentially overflow the user's local quota.
--Tobias

On 11/22/2013 12:35 PM, Jesse Thomas wrote:
Hi Tobias

When the Drive desktop tool was released, we too looked into ways to “map” it as a drive for Win/Mac lab & classroom computers, but abandoned the idea once we realized there was no was to disable the sync. 

We have the same concerns as already mentioned - mostly bandwidth used to sync (potentially) 30GB of data for each login.

It’s a shame this isn’t possible, because we could potentially replace our central student fileserver if such a feature existed.


Jesse Thomas
Network & Systems Administrator
Hamilton College ITS
315-859-4211


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