AFS Space

Storage space at the ready

Your AFS space is your very own on campus. Each CCID is provided 24 GB of Andrew File System (AFS) disc space. Use it to store files and web pages that can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. While on campus, your AFS space will be accessible within the computer lab you use once you’ve authenticated using your CCID.

What is AFS (Andrew File System)?

The Andrew File System, or AFS, is a distributed file system based on a client-server technology framework. We currently run the AFS client program on the Login Server, and the AFS server software on a cluster of server machines.

How do I connect to my AFS Space?

Anyone possessing a valid and active CCID has 24GB of file storage space on AFS. To access your AFS storage space you must log in through Samba server software. Please follow this help article for step by step access to AFS.

How does AFS work?

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.

How do I transfer files to my AFS space?

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.

What are the conditions of use relating to AFS?

We recommend consulting the Information Technology Use and Management Policy for information regarding acceptable use practices and security issues around using your CCID to access AFS space.