Accessing your Home directory

On Campus:

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

On Windows:

1. Open My Computer, then click on "Tools" on the toolbar at the top of the window. Then click "Map Network Drive."

Map network drive

2. At the prompt enter in the Folder as

\\\homes Note: Please notice the use of the backslash

If you are accessing a group share, then you will enter in the groupname in place of homes.


3. A prompt will appear asking for your username and password. (Note: There is a rare case where one might have to enter the username of the form CBI.UTSA.EDU\username)

Note: Even if you are mounting a groupshare, you will enter in your own username and password.


4. After hitting ok there should now be a drive icon in your My Computer window indicating the Drive you've mounted.


On Mac OSX:


1. Click on finder and then select "Go" from the menu bar at the top of the screen, from there select "Connect to Server."


2. When you select this option a prompt will come up. At the prompt type in the file server for your home directory:


where username is your own unique username an the 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.

3. When prompted for your password enter it into the field and hit enter. If you are mounting a groupshare, then you will still enter in your own password.

4. 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 one has access to the UTSA VPN, then simply 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, one 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 one's machine, the default is the desktop location. Remote files shows the files located on the sever, the default is your home directory(ie /home/username). Simply 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.