Questions and Answers
Your Unix (see Unix Hosts) home directory is available for use as a networked drive on your PC. Unlike local filestore on your PC, this filestore is backed up every night and should the worst happen and you lose something important, you can ask us to restore it (see Contacting the Systems Group).
These shares also give you access to project areas which may contain course materials and separate areas for coursework submissions.
- undergraduates and taught postgrads should map: \\raptor.kent.ac.uk\exports
- staff/research postgrads map: \\csresws.kent.ac.uk\exports
Note: that if you are mapping this on a machine that is not part of the Kent Windows Domain, then you will be asked for your Windows password. you MUST also ensure that you fully qualify the host entry so that you enter raptor.kent.ac.uk
WindowsSelect Computer from the start menu and click on Map Network Drive in the window that opens. Chooe a spare drive letter, and for the folder enter:
\\raptor.kent.ac.uk\exportsto mount raptor filestore.
If your machine is not part of the UKC domain (unlikely unless you are a member of staff) you will need to use the option to "connect using a different username" for which you enter your login as
UKC\login and then use your Kent Windows password.
1. local mounting which you will need to run everytime you reboot the machine
- make a mount point ie
- as root ensure that the smbmount binary is executable by all users
chmod a+x /usr/bin/smbmount
smbmount //raptor.kent.ac.uk/exports /home/pao/raptor -o username=UKC/pao domain=UKC
- enter your Kent Windows password when prompted
2. to automount your home directory on system boot
- do the first two stages as above
//raptor.kent.ac.uk/exports /raptor smbfs credentials=/home/pao/samba.passwds,rw,uid=pao 0 0(all as one line)
- create in your home directory a file called:
samba.passwdswith the form:
username = UKC\pao
password = passwd
Mac OS X
In the Finder do a Command+K, then enter:
smb://raptor.kent.ac.uk/exports at the prompt enter your login (replacing 'yourlogin' with your Kent login) as:
UKC\yourlogin and your Kent Windows password.
+ button will then add this server to the favourites.
From off campus
If you are not on a campus network you MUST use the Computing Service VPN service so you can access the filestore.
This varies dependant on your Unix host (see Unix Hosts):
|undergrads and taught postgrads||raptor||5GB|
|research postgrads||csresws||unlimited (*)|
Where quota restrictions are in place you can request more quota (see: Contacting the Systems Group) and we will try and accommodate your needs. If a large amount of disk space is needed (for a project for example) we may request confirmation from your project supervisor.
Before you ask for more quota you should first check that you can't accommodate your needs by tidying your existing filestore.