Access my home directory from off grounds

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Overview

ITC blocks the ports needed by windows to access shares remotely. You will need to download and use ITC's UVA Anywhere VPN client if you want to map a share. The one downside to this approach is that it slows down your transfer rate.

UVA VPN Installation

Once you are connected via the UVaAnywhere VPN you can map a drive under Windows Explorer or by using the correct command-line call. You do need to know which server your home directory is located on - you can determine this by looking up your (or your advisor's) partition in the table on the Home Directories page.

Map a Drive Under Windows Explorer

  1. In Windows Explorer open 'Tools'->'Map network drive...'
  2. Select the drive letter to map to from the dropdown
  3. In the 'Folder' combo box enter your home directory in the format 'nasxx.itc.virginia.edu\yyy' where 'xx' is the correct number of the server name where your home directory resides and 'yyy' is your CS Windows user ID.
  4. Check the 'Connect using different credentials' check box, then click 'Finish'
  5. The 'Enter Network Password' dialog will appear
  6. Enter your CS user ID in the user name box in the format 'csdom\yyy' where 'yyy is your CS Windows user ID
  7. Enter your CS Windows password in the password box, then click OK
  8. If it is successful the drive will show up in Windows Explorer and, depending on your settings, open up a new Explorer window to display its contents; if unsuccessful it should display an error message indicating why.

Map a Drive Via Command-Line

  1. Open a command window (the 'Run' menu will work but you won't be able to see any helpful error messages)
  2. Run the command 'net use z: /USER:yyy password \\nasxx.itc.virginia.edu\yyy' where 'z:' is the drive letter to use, 'yyy' is your CS Windows user ID, 'password' is your CS Windows password, and 'xx' is the correct number of the server name you are connecting to
  3. If you see the message 'The command completed successfully' then the drive should be mapped and available everywhere

Other Options

A less painful approach would be to use SCP or SFTP (Provided by SecureFX or WinSCP) to transfer your files back and forth. You can also do quite a bit with the built-in functionality of Windows Remote Desktop Connection if you have a Windows system up and running that you can attach to.