At IU, how do I map or mount my RFS account to my workstation?
Note: To keep pace with the growing needs of Indiana University researchers, Research File System (RFS) storage will be migrating in the near future from OpenAFS to a new technology from DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN), based on the General Parallel File System (GPFS). For more, see Information about upcoming changes to the Research File System at IU.
Samba servers act as a gateway between Research File System (RFS) servers at Indiana University and your workstation, and provide a fast and easily configured way of accessing your RFS files and folders. See the appropriate section below for instructions on mapping or mounting your RFS account to your workstation.
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Note: To use Samba to connect to the Research File System (RFS) or Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) from a Windows computer that is not joined to the Indiana University ADS domain, you may need to run a tool that disables LM/NTLMv1. See What is the tool that disables LM/NTLMv1, and where can I get it?
The Samba interface allows you to access your RFS files and folders as if they resided on a drive on your workstation. Before you can access your RFS folder directly, you need to configure your computer as follows:
My Computerand select
Map Network Drive....
- In the "Folder:" field, type the path for your RFS account:
usernamewith your username and click
- You will be prompted to enter a username and password. Add
ADS\to your username to indicate the ADS domain: ADS\username
Your RFS folder will be mapped to a drive on the workstation.
Mac OS X
To access your RFS account using Samba:
- In the Finder, from the
Connect to Server....
- In the
Connect to Serverwindow, in the "Server Address:" field, type: smb://rfs.iu.edu/username
usernamewith your username. Click
- You will be asked to authenticate. Type your username and
passphrase in the appropriate boxes. Click
Your RFS folder will be mounted shortly.
To establish file system access to the RFS from Linux via Samba, use
the following method, replacing
netid with your IU
Network ID username; you will be prompted for your
- Mount RFS as
rooton the local machine, as follows: # mkdir /rfs # mount.cifs //rfs.iu.edu/netid /rfs -o user="netid",uid="localuserid",sec=ntlmv2,domain=ads
Note that the
localuseridis a username or UID of a non-root user on the machine that will need permission to view the RFS account. The
uid=localuseridmay be omitted if the local account has the same UID as your Network ID. Another option,
gid=localgid, will likewise map the RFS group ID to a group ID on your machine.
If you do not have root access on your local machine and
mount.cifsdoes not work without root access, contact your system administrator.
Shared files and projects
At IU, you can access shared files in another user's RFS space if the
other user has set up permissions for you to access the files
according to the steps in At IU, how do I share my RFS data with other users using an AFS client? You can connect via Samba
afs-home space by using the appropriate path for
your operating system:
- Windows: \\rfs.iu.edu\afs-home
- Macintosh: smb://rfs.iu.edu/afs-home
This places you in the top-level view of the RFS, where you should see
z. To access the
correct RFS space, descend the RFS tree by clicking in succession the
first two letters of the appropriate username. For example, to access
the RFS space of
myuser, first click
m and then
y, and then locate and click
myuser in the
list of usernames beginning with "my".
Projects are a special category of accounts created for users whose work involves collaborative long-term research. To connect to the projects space via Samba, use the appropriate path for your operating system:
- Windows: \\rfs.iu.edu\projects
- Macintosh: smb://rfs.iu.edu/projects
$ mount.cifs //rfs.iu.edu/projects mountpoint -o user="netid",uid="localuserid",sec=ntlmv2,domain=ads
$ mount.cifs //rfs.iu.edu/afs-home mountpoint -o user="netid",uid="localuserid",sec=ntlmv2,domain=ads
netidwith your Network ID username,
localuseridwith a username or UID to map to on your machine, and
mountpointwith the name of an empty directory where you wish to mount the projects or
Once you are connected, you will see a list of folders (or just a single folder if you have only one project) with project names you have chosen. Navigate to the appropriate folder to access your files.
For more, see In RFS, what are projects?
Note: If you are away from campus and connect through an outside Internet service provider (ISP), Samba access will work only if you maintain a VPN connection to the IU network.
Last modified on November 01, 2013.