Simply put, your AFS space is storage space of your very own. Each Campus Computing ID (CCID) is given access to 24 GB of Andrew File System (AFS) disc space on our Central Login Servers. You can use your AFS Storage Space to store files and web pages that can then be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.
If you want to get more technical, you could say that AFS is a distributed file system based on client/server technology. Several implementations exist, the dominant one being OpenAFS. We currently run the AFS client program on the Login Server, and the AFS server software on a cluster of server machines.
The basic concept underlying AFS is that of a wide-area file system managed by client and server programs. The file system appears to the user as a giant virtual hard disk or megadirectory made up of subdirectories from across the entire continent. A user's designated portion of the AFS file system is a subdirectory called a volume. Volumes are mounted by a client AFS program through a Kerberos authentication/password procedure.
All the computer labs managed by us are set up so that your AFS space is accessible once you have authenticated using your CCID.
Transferring files to and from your AFS space must be done using an SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) client or an SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) client, as these protocols do not put your CCID and password at risk. For more information about such protocols and how to use them, view our File Transferring Program Guides.
The use of your CCID to access your AFS space is bound by the Information Technology Use and Management Policy. Please refer to this document for acceptable use practices and security issues.