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How to access the Shared Resource Filestore (J Drive)

If you are trying to access the J Drive (resource drive) on a new device for the first time, you will need to add it first. You can request the granting or removal of access to a Filestore folder using the "Filestore Access Form".

If you are away from campus, you will need to be connected to Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN).



If you are using Windows

If you are using macOS

If you are using Linux

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If you are using Windows

1. From the Windows Start Menu type "This PC". It will appear a new window

Image of the command This PC on Windows

2. Click on "Map network drive" icon and then "Map network drive" again from the dropdown

Map Network Drive menu

3. In the Map Network Drive window select network drive letter from drop down. In this case use "J"

Network folder menu

4. Enter network location into Filepath: \\\resource\

Enter the network location

5. Select "Finish". It will appear a new window with a list of folders: open the folder of your faculty or department

List of faculty and department folders

Once added, the J drive should stay as a mapped drive within File Explorer.

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If you are using macOS

1. Click on the desktop background to produce the “Finder” toolbar along the top

macOs finder toolbar

2. Click on “Go" and then "Connect to Server

macOS Go andConnect to server buttons

3. Enter server address as: smb:// 

Connect to Server banner

4. Then click on Connect. It will appear a new window with a list of folders: open the folder of your faculty or department

List of folders within the server

Once connected to the server, you will see a new icon under the Locations list:

Server list

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If you are using Linux

How to mount your home directory using the SSHFS Protocol

1. sudo apt-get install sshfs

2. mkdir ~/sshfs

3. sshfs ~/sshfs

Connect using SSHFS protocol


Mount Resources or Filestore Location

1. Enter: sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

2. To mount the drive on the command line they will need to first make a mount point (using UGLabs as an example: mkdir ~/UGLabs)

3. Mount the data area (the folder has a space in the name, it so it is probably best to mount it at one level up):

sudo mount -t cifs -o username=, (for example: // ~/UGLabs/)

4. To unmount use (cd away from UGLabs folder first): sudo umount ~/UGLabs


Using Caja

Caja is the default file manager for the MATE Desktop Environment.

It makes it easy to manage, manipulate, and customize files and directories. Caja can access local and remote filesystems such as SSH, FTP, and WebDav (HTTP/HTTPS). See below for examples of usage:

1. Connect to your own folder on filestore:

Connect to server using Caja

2. Connecting to UDE/PersonalFile/Users:

Connecting to UDE/PersonalFile/Users

Both of the above examples create a “Bookmark” named H:Drive and Z:Drive. Linux does not use drive letters in the same way that Windows does, but by creating appropriately-named H:DRIVE and Z:DRIVE it can prove useful for customers that are beginners in Linux, or those more familiar with a Windows environment.

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Related content

Filestore Access Form - Request the granting or removal of access to a Filestore folder.

How do I set up VPN on my device?

Connecting your laptop to eduroam from Windows or macOS

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