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Available filestore

What remote filestore is available to me?

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: \\\exports
  • staff/research postgrads map: \\\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

Mapping Filestores

So how do I map the available filestore?


Select 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: \\\exports to 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.


2 ways:

1. local mounting which you will need to run everytime you reboot the machine

  • make a mount point ie mkdir /home/pao/raptor
  • as root ensure that the smbmount binary is executable by all users chmod a+x /usr/bin/smbmount
  • smbmount // /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
  • edit /etc/fstab and add: // /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.passwds with the form:
  •  	username = UKC\pao
    password = passwd

Mac OS X

In the Finder do a Command+K, then enter: smb:// at the prompt enter your login (replacing 'yourlogin' with your Kent login) as: UKC\yourlogin and your Kent Windows password.

Clicking the + 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.

Filestore Quota

How much filestore quota do I get?

This varies dependant on your Unix host (see Unix Hosts):

undergrads and taught postgradsraptor5GB
research postgradscsreswsunlimited (*)
staffcsreswsunlimited (*)
(*) "unlimited" is within reason. We ask you to be sensible and not put large amounts of data on csresws unnecessarily. We do periodically check to see who is using large amounts of space and will ask you to tidy if things are getting unreasonable.

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.

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 13/10/2017