Staff: If you are a member of staff, please follow the link below on accessing network shares.
Students: When you use the computers in the Open Access Computer Labs, you save your files to your networked My Documents folder, called your M: drive. For staff, the My Documents folder is also networked. It is possible to access your networked server files from your own computer via ResNet, LapLAN, wireless networking or from home via a broadband or dialup connection.
If you want to be able to connect to your M: drive you need the following:
For help with logging into EASE:
If you are using Keycom, Resnet, LapLAN2, university wireless (central or eduroam), or VPN then you are already connected to the University network. Otherwise, you will need to set up a VPN connection before you can access your University files.
Once you have established a secure connection to the university network, look up your network server name. Your network server is named after a Scottish island, such as Arran or Mull. Open the link below in a new window or new tab and follow the steps below.
Once you have established a secure connection and found your network server name, you are ready to connect to the server:
Next time you wish to access your university files, as long as you have a secure connection to the University network, you can simply double-click on the shortcut folder and log in. (Remember to put ed\ before your username).
Once you have established a secure connection and found your server name, you are ready to connect:
To make accessing your M: drive easier in future, click on the button with the plus sign on it to add the server address to your favourites. Next time you can just choose the address from the list rather than typing it in.
You may have to wait a little while, but a login window will appear.
Your M: drive will open in a new Finder window.
This has been tested with Ubuntu, and may also work for other Linux.
Once VPN is setup and connected, you need to use the 'mount' command. If the server is 'hsskhyber.hss.ed.ac.uk' and the directory/username are 'sspshome/jbloggs', the resulting command would be:
mount -t cifs -o username=ED\\UUN,uid=LOCALUSERNAME //hsskhyber.hss.ed.ac.uk/sspshome/jbloggs /mnt/YOURMOUNTPOINT
The command will need to be run as root but the uid=option should mean that your standard user account will have full read-write access to it.
You may find you need to install certain packages to enable cifs mounting - apt-get install cifs-utils.
Please contact the IS Helpline if you need any further assistance.
This article was published on May 1, 2012