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Accessing Network Files

Filer Server, User Share, Network Drive, Linux, Mac, Windows,

See also: File Archiving and CompressionNetwork Access FTP Linux/Mac, FTP Windows, SCP Linux/Mac (SSH)

Filer Share Locations

The Filer Servers provide backed-up network storage for user files, called "filer shares." Please be selective when saving to the Filer Servers in order to avoid quotas.

LocationMac User Share Pathway
Windows User Share Location Unix User Directory Location
AOC smb://samba-aoc/username \\filehost\username /users/username
CV smb://samba-cv/users/username \\cvfiler\username /users/username
GB smb://samba-gb/username

\\gbfiler\username

or

\\gbfiler\home\username
(this is the user "scratch area"
and is not backed-up)

/users/username

Linux Network Filesystems

Desktop Computers

Unlike Mac and Windows, mapping a network drive is not necessary in Linux because your filer share is the home directory when you log in.  This is implemented via the automounter.

Notebook Computers

CAUTION: the "home site" and "offsite" options in booting have been discontinued for newer laptop installs.

Identical to desktops if they are booted with the Home Site option.  However, if you booted with the Off Site option (utilized when you intend to move the laptop to another location while on site or when physically off-site), you will need to use AnyConnect (preferably) or SSH (or sshfs) to remotely login to a desktop in order to access your filer share.


Mac OSX Network Drives

Access the "Finder" menu by clicking the "Finder icon" in the dock or any open Finder window. From the "Go" menu, select "Connect to Server..." In the "Server Address:" field, enter: "smb:Mac User Share Pathway" (from the table above). For example, a user in CV named John Doe would enter: "smb://samba-cv/users/jdoe"

You can also use the keyboard shortcut command: cmd+k to access the "Connect to Server..." menu.


Windows Network Drives

Warning: Having "drive letter" mapping for remote shares WILL PUT YOU AT GREATER RISK for "ransomware" attacks (where a virus will encrypt your files and demand a ransom be paid).  Most known samples of malware in this category routinely check for all "mounted" drive letters and will try to do their damage thereon as well.

Less common is for such malware to follow shortcuts, e.g., to \\cvfiler\pmurphy\ and as a result, CIS recommends use of shortcuts over mapping a network drive.

Mapping a Network Drive

Windows 7

Click "Start"   then “Computer."

 

Click “Map Network Drive” from the toolbar at the top of the window.

 

In the dialog box that opens, select any available drive letter from the “Drive” field. In the “Folder” field, enter the "Windows User Share Location" from the table above. For example, a user based in CV named John Doe would enter, "\\cvfiler\users\jdoe."

 

Check "Reconnect at logon." Click “Finish”. This will open a window to your filer share location which will always appear as your "Network Drive" in "Computer" unless you choose to disconnect it.

 

Collaborating with Shared Files

By default, all users can read the files you store on your network share location. To create a collaborative group to author and edit files, please contact the Help Desk due to complexity and various site differences

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