Accessing Your Home Directory

On Campus

The following are instructions on how to access your home directory while on the UTSA campus.

  1. Open My Computer. Click on "Tools" on the toolbar at the top of the window, then click on "Map Network Drive."
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  3. At the prompt, input \\\homes in Folder (note the use of the backslash).
    Note: If you are accessing a group share, input the groupname in place of "homes".
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  5. A prompt will appear asking for your username and password (even if you are mounting a groupshare, you will enter in your own username and password)
    Note: In rare cases, you might have to enter the username in the form CBI.UTSA.EDU\username
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  7. After clicking ok, there should be a drive icon in your My Computer window indicating the Drive you have mounted.
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  1. Click on finder and select "Go" from the menu bar at the top of the screen, then select "Connect to Server."
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  3. A prompt will come up. At the prompt, type in the file server for your home directory: smb://; where username is your own unique username and sharename is the directory you want to access on cajal. If you are accessing your personal share, then it is the same as your username; if you are accessing a groupshare, then sharename will be the name of the group and username stays the same.
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  5. When prompted for your password, input it into the field and hit enter. If you are mounting a groupshare, you will still input your own password.
  6. An icon for your mounted drive should be present on the finder browser. You can also access the share on your Terminal under /Volumes/username where username is your unique unsername.

Off Campus

If you have access to the UTSA VPN, then use the VPN and follow the instructions for accessing your home directory on-campus.

Off-campus access is only allowable via SSH (Secured Shell) connection. Any SSH client capable of SFTP (Secured File Transfer) will do, but for this example Tunnelier will be described. It is free for personal use, via Bitvise.

Launching Tunnelier, you can see the Host, Username, and Password boxes in the control panel. Using host, enter your CBI username and password in their coresponding fields. Click Login.
Note: SSH off-campus can be slow depending on your network speed and amount of traffic.

By default, Tunnelier will launch both a terminal window and the SFTP window. This setting can be changed in the Options tab, On Login section. If the SFTP window is not visible, select "Open New SFTP Window" from the left.

Local files shows the files located locally on your machine, the default is the desktop location. Remote files shows the files located on the sever, the default is your home directory (i.e. /home/username). Select the file you wish to upload and click "Upload" from the bottom toolbar. You can select more then one file at a time and these are uploaded one at a time via the Queue. This can be viewed via the top tool bar.